Saturday, December 06, 2003

City by Douglas RaeMy latest B&C article:
Book of the Week: "City," a copious record of the rise and fall of downtown New Haven, Connecticut, is heavy on the what and when, but fuzzy on the how and why. It rolls right past this central question: Were Americans meant to spread out through the countryside, as Thomas Jefferson wished, or should we be less isolated and more concentrated in cities?

"City" is on New Haven; here's an article from on Concord, Mass. Earlier: My review of "Sidewalks in the Kingdom" by Eric Jacobsen.

Update: Urban Design in His Kingdom from Joseph Terry's New Urbanism Links, Periferia's NU bibliography, Listmania lists here and here; Amazon book pages: Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000 by Dolores Haydn and Downtown: Its Rise and Fall, 1880-1950 by Robert M. Fogelson; Reason on the brawl over sprawl; companion blog to the book How Cities Work, blogger and author Dave Hegeman, Jacobsen on Kuntsler and sprawl (more), Planetizen on Florida sprawl and the end of suburban sprawl, USA Today on shopping shifting to off-mall stores, Franklin&Marshall on Levittown, page on Death and Life of Great American Cities.

Update Two: More here, here, and here.

My B&C blog is idle this week; it returns Monday with a roundup of news from the month of November.