A better place to live: reshaping the American suburb

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HarperPerennial, May 25, 1995 - Architecture - 270 pages
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A senior editor at Progressive Architecture takes an engaging look at life in America's suburbs, analyzing how the layout of suburbs has actually contributed to discontent and isolation. He also provides alternative designs to make suburban neighborhoods more workable. 92 photos; 10 line drawings.

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A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE: Reshaping the American Suburb

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A would-be Jane Jacobs of the suburbs offers some savvy analysis and worthy advice. ``The suburbs we build are fostering an unhealthy way of life,'' declares Langdon (Urban Excellence, not reviewed ... Read full review

A better place to live: reshaping the American suburb

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A student of American middle-class life, Langdon has written some impressive books, including Orange Roofs, Golden Arches: The Architecture of American Chain Restaurants (LJ 6/1/86). Here, he trains ... Read full review


TWo Streets and Where They Lead Us
Three The Rise of Marketing and the Decline of Planning
Four Controlling the Neighborhood

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About the author (1995)

Langdon has written on houses and design for many national magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly, Landscape Architecture, Home, and Planning. A former senior editor of Progressive Architecture, he is the author several books.