Westerners who are fed up with polluted water and air, strip malls that eat up open space, and automobile-dependent lifestyles can look to a new book by the Natural Resources Defense Council for guidance on how to counter the poorly planned patterns of growth we now know as urban sprawl.
series of 35 detailed case studies, Solving
Sprawl describes how creative developers and designers
collaborated to plan energy-efficient, close-knit cities and
suburbs. Each study lists the major players involved and the
"smart-growth" features of these communities: vibrant downtown
centers, varied housing and transportation options, and amenities
for people of all social stations.
highlighted in the book is the 19th-century Denver Dry Goods
Building. Once a wreck, the rejuvenated brick building now houses
popular retailers, the Visitors Bureau, affordable apartments, and
The opening chapter identifies
a common thread that unites the successful communities celebrated
in the book; they share "a vision of where they want to go and of
what things they value in their community." Solving
Sprawl reaffirms that with compassion and careful
planning, we can restore both fragmented lands and
Check out Solving
Sprawl online at www.nrdc.org or call 212/727-4486 to
order the 200-page book for $20.
You may also
order the book on-line at
A blueprint for better communities
You can buy this book and help High Country News, too.
BookSense.com is an on-line family of independent booksellers in communities near you. When you use the link below to buy a book through BookSense.com, you'll not only support local booksellers, you'll also help us: Five-and-a-half percent of each purchase goes to High Country News.