Smarter Communities. (Books).
What's wrong with car-dependent suburbia? Houses are in one
place, jobs another, and shopping a third. Is there some way communities
can combine these functions of life, allowing people to casually walk
around and get to know their neighbors? Enough cranky books stop there,
but the Natural Resources Defense Council has published an encouraging,
accessible collection of case studies in which suburban sprawl has been
surpassed. From the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative in Boston to
Village Green in Los Angeles, Solving Sprawl ($20) includes 35 examples
of how developers are starting to listen to the critics. Authors F. Kaid
Benfield, Jutka Terris and Nancy Vorsanger cover smart cities, suburbs
and conservation, which is where the barriers between wilderness and
civilization are breached with new models. This book offers evidence
that the old rules are changing in the 21st century.