The Regional City

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Island Press, Jan 1, 2001 - Architecture - 328 pages
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Most Americans today do not live in discrete cities and towns, but rather in an aggregation of cities and suburbs that forms one basic economic, multi-cultural, environmental and civic entity. These "regional cities” have the potential to significantly improve the quality of our lives--to provide interconnected and diverse economic centers, transportation choices, and a variety of human-scale communities. In The Regional City, two of the most innovative thinkers in the field of land use planning and design offer a detailed look at this new metropolitan form and explain how regional-scale planning and design can help direct growth wisely and reverse current trends in land use. The authors:
•discuss the nature and underpinnings of this new metropolitan form
•present their view of the policies and physical design principles required for metropolitan areas to transform themselves into regional cities
•document the combination of physical design and social and economic policies that are being used across the country
•consider the main factors that are shaping metropolitan regions today, including the maturation of sprawling suburbs and the renewal of urban neighborhoods
Featuring full-color graphics and in-depth case studies, The Regional City offers a thorough examination of the concept of regional planning along with examples of successful initiatives from around the country. It will be must reading for planners, architects, landscape architects, local officials, real estate developers, community development professionals, and for students in architecture, urban planning, and policy.

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SF Bay Area Salt Flats Battle
Sprawl Development backed by Peter Calthorpe? Geez.. he's getting paid TO DO THIS. Calthorpe – who helped DMB and Cargill design Saltworks insists that this is
SMART growth?
Haven't we had enough of Multinational private corporate and developer greed & plunder of Mother Earth and then seling it to us as another New wonder that is good for us? Just shut up they tell us-- we know best!
It would be more prudent to work with nature and let nature be free in this place. It is a
unique ecosystem! No-- we don't need more humans there! No- it is not a Factory that qualifies for infill.
Just because Cargill Incorporated, a Minneapolis-based food, agricultural and risk management company, bought the Leslie Salt company does not mean they can lord it over Mother Nature or us with Calthorpe cheerleading.
Calthorpe has changed his stripes for the mighty dollar? Is he No longer following his own widely acclaimed Bibles of preaching urban infill ---meaning in actual cities where slumlord speculators are sitting on prime use land---and he is now creating more sprawl?
I am throwing his books away. Calthorpe is a shyster and opportunist.
Cargill strongly supports neo-liberal economic principles as part of its business model.

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Still my favorite planning book. Read full review


The End of Sprawl
Communities of Place
The Architecture of the Regional City
The Federal Role in Regionalism
Regionalism Emerging
New York Chicago and San Francisco
Florida Maryland and Minnesota
Renewing the Regions Communities
Transforming the Edge City into the Regional City 271
Charter of the New Urbanism
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About the author (2001)

Peter Calthorpe is principal in the firm Calthorpe and Associates based in Berkeley, California. He is author of The Next American Metropolis (Princeton Architectural Press, 1993) and was named by Newsweek magazine as one of the twenty-five "innovators on the cutting edge" for his work redefining the models of urban and suburban growth in America.

William Fulton is president of Solimar Research Group, Inc., in Ventura, California and editor of the monthly newsletter the California Planning and Development Report. He is the author of three other books including theGuide to California Planning (Solano Press, 1991), and The Reluctant Metropolis (Solano Press, 1997).

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