In a 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.
One example 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 posh condominiums.
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 people.
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