- Publisher: Thoreau Inst (December 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 097064390X
- ISBN-13: 978-0970643902
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,634,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Vanishing Automobile and Other Urban Myths: How Smart Growth Will Harm American Cities
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I bike to work, or walk/take public transportation. The health and psychological benefits are immense, plus I don't have to buy a gym membership. I love my bike.
There are some very good arguments why "urban planning" is for wealthy white people in ivory towers only. Urban planning often leaves poor people with fewer economic opportunities, is disproportionately expensive to taxpayers for the benefit to the community, and is extremely controversial. If nothing else, it's very important to understand why so many people disagree with the concept.
If you're a liberal interested in challenging your preconceived notions, read this book.
Though I've seen the uglification of much of the area in which I grew up due to dumb growth, I've also experienced the carefully contrived charettes and public meetings designed to manufacture a facade of 'public support' for heavy handed 'planning' intended to impose 'smart growth' on a community in violation of property rights, common sense and community desires.
While elements of "smart growth' can make sense when implemented via incentives for voluntary action, Mr. O'Toole's thorough analysis backed by statistics drawn largely from government sources (all well footnoted for those interested in tracking them down) punctures both the exaggerated conceits used to sell the smart growth agenda and the overwrought fears used to herd unsuspecting environmentalists into supporting an agenda with few, if any, environmental benefits.
This book is an encyclopedic collection of most every argument against 'smart growth.' If you are a smart growth advocate, you need this book to familiarize yourself with the arguments against your position and the facts that your opponents will use to back them up. If you are feeling steamrolled by a 'smart growth' crusade in your area, you'll go to this book time after time for the ammunition you're looking for to support your cause. Of all the 'anti'-'smart growth' books out there that I've come across, this is the most comprehensive and well organized.
In regard to running out of Oil. As a student at SJSU 50 years ago we were taught that the world had a 10 year supply of oil. Now it is reported that is some where between 50 and 100 years. I use the book almost every week for references.
Realistic and informed authors to read on the subject of autos and their impact on the urban environment would be Jane Jacobs, or Donald Shoup. The High Cost of Free Parking, Updated EditionThe Death and Life of Great American Cities (50th Anniversary Edition) (Modern Library)Systems of Survival: A Dialogue on the Moral Foundations of Commerce and Politics
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just writing a book doesn't make a faulty argument more legitimate. The author has no vision or sense of community. Read morePublished on January 9, 2008 by Blueprint Brains
The latest reveiws for this book are using that faulty logic of the author of the book himself. Take the statements about transportation policy and unemployment and housing prices... Read morePublished on August 18, 2005 by pdx lover
This book should be in the hands of every citizen who has been upset by development and planning issues in their Cities & Towns. Read morePublished on January 14, 2005 by C. Heath
How can anyone write a book on automobiles and not include information on the coming oil crisis?
Simply put, the world in running out of fuel for cars. Read more
This book is without a doubt an abuse of speech, an assault against common sense in city planning and transportation. The other reviewer says it very well. Read morePublished on December 4, 2003