Smart Growth: From Sprawl to Sustainability

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Smart Growth explains what the UK must do to improve the quality of life in an overcrowded land. Urban sprawl is unsustainable in an age of climate change and peak oil. But for 100 years, the UK’s planning policies have been based on ideals of low-density living and attitudes that favor the individual over community, creating car-dependent lifestyles and destroying the beloved countryside. This book argues that the UK should look to America—a country that embraced urban sprawl and car dependency on a far grander scale than the UK ever did—to find answers to the problem to rapid growth and community planning, The Smart Growth America movement is steering a course toward better-designed, compact cities and rail-based transit systems, thereby restoring communities ruined by decades of suburban insularity.

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Jon Reeds is an environmental journalist who has worked alongside planners and transport planners for nearly 40 years. In 2006 he helped found Smart Growth UK, a national coalition engaged in bringing a strong, sustainable development ethos into the way spatial development, transport, and communities are planned.

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“Sets out clearly the roots of car-dependent urban sprawl and charts a way out of it. This book should be read by anyone interested in practical ways to tackle climate change and car dependency.”  —Stephen Joseph, chief executive, Campaign for Better Transport

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Book Description GREEN BOOKS, United Kingdom, 2011. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. People who live in compact, traditional towns have far smaller environmental footprints than those who live in sprawling suburbs. So why are we in thrall to urban sprawl? Are there better ways of getting about than by car? And how can 60 million people crammed into a small island find ways of treating it with respect? Urban sprawl is unsustainable in an age of climate change and peak oil. But for 100 years the UK s planning policies have been based on ideals of low-density living and attitudes that favour the individual over community, creating car-dependent lifestyles and destroying the countryside we love. This book explains what we must do to improve the quality of life in our overcrowded land. Smart Growth argues that we should look to America - a country that embraced urban sprawl and car dependency on a far grander scale than we ever did, and is now finding answers to the problem. Its `Smart Growth movement is steering a course towards better-designed, compact cities and rail-based transit systems, thereby restoring communities ruined by decades of suburban insularity. Seller Inventory # BZV9781900322829

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