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Superbia! is a book of practical ideas for creating more socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable neighborhoods. It is about remaking suburban and urban neighborhoods to serve people better and to reduce human impact on the environment.
The authors first trace the history of the suburbs, showing how they fail to meet many peoples' needs. They then describe how existing neighborhoods can be transformed, offering cohousing and new urbanist communities as examples. The reader is then guided through the transformation of a fictitious neighborhood that adopts the authors' 31 steps. Ideas for the blossoming of the suburb are described in order of difficulty, from easy to boldest, including:
Examples from all over North America and beyond provide real-life proof that citizen planners can create Superbia! And the most comprehensive resource listing imaginable puts all the tools needed at your fingertips.
Well-illustrated and reader-friendly, Superbia! is written primarily for the millions who live in urban areas or existing suburbs. It will also be of major interest to environmentalists, planners, and all who want to create a more humane and nurturing lifestyle.
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Some general observations:
The authors claim that the Supreme Court case of Ambler v. Euclid makes it illegal to put houses, businesses and stores together in suburban... Read more
I enjoyed ordering from Amazon. the book has more green ideas, rather than social change. Still great book.Published 17 months ago by E. Ramirez
I must admit I'm a bit new to the sustainability field, so I'm not sure how new and innovative the ideas in this book are. But I really enjoyed reading this book. Read morePublished on January 4, 2012 by J. Thompson
Although I haven't purchased this book, I have read a copy that I borrowed from a library.
This is a very practical book. Read more