A Better Place to Live
Reshaping the American Suburb
Baker & Taylor
Citing interviews with developers, planners, and residents, the author explains the connection between typical modern suburban designs and the feelings of community satisfaction, while pointing out the virtues of older designs
Langdon continues the analysis of suburbs that he began in the 1988 Atlantic Monthly . He interviews residents and planners, and looks at, and shows how, the houses, streets, transportation, stores, and other factors contribute to the frustration of life. He also talks with progressive planners and engineers about their attempts to recreate the more livable spaces of the older suburbs. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
Blackwell North Amer
What is it about modern American suburbs that has led to so much dissatisfaction? How has the typical suburban design of the past fifty years exacerbated the stress of daily life, and what better alternatives can be found? With these questions in mind, Philip Langdon crisscrossed the country to see how suburbs are being built and to interview designers, developers, planners, and residents. The first results of his research were published in a 1988 cover story in the Atlantic. Since then, he has broadened his analysis to create this well-illustrated and highly readable book.
Training his eye on houses, streets, parks, gathering places, stores, employment and transportation, Langdon shows how these elements can generate frustration and isolation or, under better circumstances, contribute to a more congenial way of life. He points out the underappreciated virtues of older suburbs and takes a close look at the neotraditionalist movement in community design, whose advocates seek to emulate the most pleasing aspects of older suburbs. Without ignoring the obstacles to change, Langdon shows how suburbs could be designed much differently than they are today - with networks of walkable streets, neighborhood stores and gathering places, compact town centers, and more varied and affordable housing. His book provides both an incisive critique of existing practices and an intriguing glimpse of some of the best work being done by a new generation of community designers.
Citing interviews with developers, planners, and residents, the coauthor of This Old House explains the connection between typical modern suburban designs and the feelings of community satisfaction, while pointing out the virtues of older designs.
Amherst : University of Massachusetts, c1994
1 online resource (xvi, 270 p.) : ill