City: Rediscovering the Center

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LaFarge Literary Agency, Aug 25, 2009 - Architecture - 388 pages
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In a challenging and provocative book, William Whyte, author of the classic The Organization Man, observes the influence public spaces have on the people who use them. In this exploration of pedestrian behavior and urban dynamics, he calls on city planners to provide functional, pleasant places to live and work.

 

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In my opinion, part of being a successful business owner is learning about how your business is impacted by different influences. In City, Whyte discusses urban renewal and development and what is ... Read full review

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This book was sort of a micro-level sequel to the macro-level of Jane Jacobs' The Death and Life of Great American Cities, more focused on the elements like ledges, walls, and sunlight that made up ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
xi
Introduction
1
Street People
25
The Skilled Pedestrian
56
The Physical Street
68
The Sensory Street
79
The Design of Spaces
103
Water Wind Trees and Light
132
Sun and Shadow
256
Sun Easements
276
The Corporate Exodus
284
The SemiCities
298
How to Dullify Downtown
310
Tightening Up
317
The Case for Gentrification
325
Return to the Agora
331

The Management of Spaces
141
The Undesirables
156
Carrying Capacity
165
Steps and Entrances
174
Concourses and Skyways
193
MegaStructures
206
Blank Walls
222
The Rise and Fall of Incentive Zoning
229
Digest of OpenSpace Zoning Provisions New York City
343
Mandating of Retailing at Street Level
348
Notes
350
Bibliography
367
Index
378
Acknowledgments
387
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William H. Whyte (1917-1999), author of the bestselling Organization Man, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press, was born in Pennsylvania and educated at Princeton. Paco Underhill, founder, CEO, and President of Envirosell, is the author of Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping and Call of the Mall: The Geography of Shopping.

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