The Future of the Suburban City: Lessons from Sustaining Phoenix

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Island Press, Apr 5, 2016 - Architecture - 208 pages
There exists a category of American cities in which the line between suburban and urban is almimpossible to locate. These suburban cities arose in the last half of twentieth-century America, based largely on the success of the single-family home, shopping centers, and the automobile. The low-density, auto-centric developmof suburban cities, which are largely in the arid West, presents challenges for urban sustainability as it is traditionally measured. Yet, some of these cities—Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Salt Lake, Dallas, Tucson, San Bernardino, and San Diego—continue to be among the fastest growing places in the United States.

In The Future of the Suburban City, Phoenix native Grady Gammage, Jr. looks at the promise of the suburban city as well as the challenges. He argues that places that grew up based on the automobile and the single-family home need to dramatically change and evolve. But suburban cities have some advantages in an era of climate change, and many suburban cities are already making strides in increasing their resilience. Gammage focuses on the story of Phoenix, which shows the power of collective action — governmaction — to confront the challenges of geography and respond through public policy. He takes a fresh look at what it means to be sustainable and examines issues facing msuburban cities around water supply, heat, transportation, housing, density, urban form, jobs, economics, and politics.

The Future of the Suburban City is a realistic yet hopeful story of what is possible for any suburban city.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Suburbs Sprawl and Sustainability
1
Chapter 2 Just Add Water
23
Chapter 3 Coping with Heat
55
Chapter 4 Transportation and the Suburban City
75
Chapter 5 Houses Shopping Centers and the Fabric of Suburbia
93
Chapter 6 Jobs and the Economy of Cities in the Sand
125
Chapter 7 Politics Resilience and Survival
153
Planning to Stay
167
Notes
171
Index
185
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Grady Gammage, Jr. is a Senior Sustainability Scholar at Arizona State University's Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability andSenior Fellow at ASU's Morrison Institute of Public Policy. He also teaches at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and at the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU. Gammage is also a practicing lawyer, a real estate developer, and a former elected official.

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