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Unplanning: Livable Cities and Political Choices Paperback – April 8, 2010
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Siegel argues that technocratic planning reforms are unlikely to significantly reshape American cities and suburbs. Instead, Americans should realize that how we build our neighborhoods is fundamentally a political choice. A city with high speed limits and buildings situated far away from wide streets will be a city oriented around cars, while a city with lower traffic speeds, parking lots behind or below stores, and narrower streets will be less so.
Siegel states his case clearly; however, one weakness in this book is that it assumes readers already share his anti-sprawl views. So readers who don't begin with such preconceptions should probably read other critiques of sprawl (such as books by James Howard Kunstler or Andres Duany) to understand where Siegel is coming from.
I recommend this book to every planner and every person interested in the future of American cities.