The American City: What Works, What Doesn't

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McGraw Hill Professional, Jun 19, 2002 - Architecture - 560 pages
This standard refernce on urban planning and design in America analyzes the key projects initiated in major cities, suburban areas, and new towns - more than 250 in all - and clearly shows which strategies and programs work and which do not. The book ranges over all elements of urban life, from stadiums to parks, and its practical recommendations are tested by real-world implementation. Since the publication of the 1/e in 1995, much is new in the rapidly changing world of urban design. Significant new types of programs, such as Business Improvement Districts; national trends such as stadium construction and loft conversions; and exciting new completed projects are all covered here to make the book the definitive guide to planning in the new decade.

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Alexander Garvin has combined a career in urban planning and real estate with teaching, architecture, and public service. He is currently Vice President for Planning, Design, and Development of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, commissioner on the New York City Planning Commission, and Managing Director for Planning NYC2012, the committee to bring the Summer Olympics to New York in 2012. Garvin is Adjunct Professor of Urban Planning and Management at Yale University, where he has taught a wide range of subjects including "Introduction to the Study of the City," which for more than three decades has remained one of the most popular courses in Yale College. Garvin is one of the principal authors of "Urban Parks and Open Space" published in 1997 jointly by the Trust for Public Land and the Urban Land Institute. His latest book "Parks, Recreation, and Open Space: A 21st Century Agenda, " was published in 2001 by the American Planning Association.

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