True West: Authentic Development Patterns for Small Towns and Rural Areas

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Planners Press, 2003 - Business & Economics - 233 pages
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Millions of Americans are moving west, attracted by big skies, majestic scenery, abundant wildlife, and a romantic past. Unfortunately, many developments built to accommodate these newcomers flout the landscape and ignore local traditions threatening the very qualities that make the West beautiful and unique. It is not too late to prevent more damage and preserve the best of the West for future generations. True West translates the key elements of authentic Western development patterns-drawn from Native American, Spanish, and early American settlements-into design guidelines for expansion and new development. Comprehensive case studies examine contemporary developments that embrace historic patterns and harmonize with the landscape. ?True West ? is an exceptional resource for Western Planners and elected officials who are committed to ensuring growth that respects the region's distinctive character and natural environment.

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Historical Western Development Patterns
Rural Architecture and Site Elements
Contemporary Development Cases

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CHRIS DUERKSEN is managing director of Clarion Associates, a Denver-based land use consulting firm. He is the founder, president, and chairman of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute.

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