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The exploding cities Paperback – 1977

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrangle/New York Times Book Co (1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812962842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812962840
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,031,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mad Max TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book foretold the explosive growth of cities. The first section of the book examines the nature and dimensions of the problem. The second section goes on to look at the malaise of the old-established cities of the developed world, and the reasons for their slide into decay and disorder. The third section turns to the exploding centers of the Third World. A fourth section examines the degree of success which the two planned societies of Russia and China have met with in their efforts to contain city growth.

In the potential urban timebombs of Asia, Africa and South America there is also, paradoxically, the greatest hope. For the sense of community, economic resourcefulness and the talents for self help that are thriving in the poorest squatter settlements offer some prospect that out of this unpromising soil a new model, a revitalized ideal of urban life might emerge.

It is extremely interesting to look at how close the authors came to the reality of the 21st Century.
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