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Boomburbs: The Rise of America's Accidental Cities (James A. Johnson Metro Series) Hardcover – June 8, 2007

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"Lang has become one of America's best commentators on the vast urban territory outside of the traditional city center." --Robert Bruegmann, professor of art history, architecture, and urban planning at the University of Illinios at Chicago and author of SPRAWL: A COMPACT HISTORY

"Boomburbs is one of the most significant contributions to contemporart metropolitan studies." --Jon Teaford, professor of history, Purdue University

"This lively, original, and perceptive book enables us to see a new form of city where previous observers had seen only suburban sprawl." --Robert Fishman, Taubman College of Architecture and Planning, University of Michigan

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"This lively, original, and perceptive book enables us to see a new form of city where previous observers had seen only suburban sprawl. These 'accidental cities' that Lang and LeFurgy call 'boomburbs' not only challenge our traditional concept of the urban; the fate of the boomburbs will increasingly determine the future of metropolitan America." ¿Robert Fishman, Taubman College of Architecture and Planning, University of Michigan

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"Robert E. Lang has become one of America's best commentators on the vast urban territory outside of the traditional city center. In this book, he and Jennifer LeFurgy explore a group of new cities sprouting in the suburbs that is changing our very definition of what it means to be urban. Deploying acute first-hand observation, ingenious research, and a fondness for neologisms, they provide excellent insight into topics ranging from the demographic diversity of the 'New Brooklyns' to the exclusive governance of the 'cluburbs.'" ¿Robert Bruegmann, professor of art history, architecture, and urban planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago and author of Sprawl: A Compact History

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Product Details

  • Series: James A. Johnson Metro Series
  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press (June 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815751141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815751144
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,127,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Co-director of the Metropolitan Institute Robert E. Lang and former deputy director of the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech Jennifer B. LeFurgy present Boomburbs: The Rise of America's Accidental Cities, the amazing true story of how America's suburbs have swelled to sudden big-city size, transforming the face of the nation. Dubbed "accidental cities", not because they lack planning, but because they are composed of communities that have grown into one another even though few anticipated as much happening, these boomburbs lack the large downtown areas of other cities, and aren't as pedestrian-friendly as most other suburbs. Nor are they necessarily rich or elitist; poverty is all too common in boomburb single-home families. A meticulously researched and study written in terms accessible to lay readers and scholars alike.
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Boomburbs provides an excellent overview of the rapid growth and complexity of large suburbs in America's major metropolitan areas. Lang's study provides clear evidence that these large suburbs vary significantly in their social, economic and physical form. Further, Lang notes that the future of these and emerging boomburbs will profoundly affect the future of metropolitan areas.
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