Sequel To Suburbia: Glimpses Of America's Post-suburban Future by Nicholas A. PhelpsSequel To Suburbia: Glimpses Of America's Post-suburban Future by Nicholas A. Phelps

Sequel To Suburbia: Glimpses Of America's Post-suburban Future

byNicholas A. PhelpsSeries edited byRobert Gottlieb

Hardcover | November 20, 2015

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How the decentralized, automobile-oriented, and fuel-consuming model of American suburban development might change.

In the years after World War II, a distinctly American model for suburban development emerged. The expansive rings of outer suburbs that formed around major cities were decentralized and automobile oriented, an embodiment of America's postwar mass-production, mass-consumption economy. But alternate models for suburbia, including "transit-oriented development," "smart growth," and "New Urbanism," have inspired critiques of suburbanization and experiments in post-suburban ways of living. In Sequel to Suburbia, Nicholas Phelps considers the possible post-suburban future, offering historical and theoretical context as well as case studies of transforming communities.

Phelps first locates these outer suburban rings within wider metropolitan spaces, describes the suburbs as a "spatial fix" for the postwar capitalist economy, and examines the political and governmental obstacles to reworking suburban space. He then presents three glimpses of post-suburban America, looking at Kendall-Dadeland (in Miami-Dade County, Florida), Tysons Corner (in Fairfax County, Virginia), and Schaumburg, Illinois (near Chicago). He shows Kendall-Dadeland to be an isolated New Urbanism success; describes the re-planning of Tysons Corner to include a retrofitted central downtown area; and examines Schaumburg's position as a regional capital for Chicago's northwest suburbs. As these cases show, the reworking of suburban space and the accompanying political process will not be left to a small group of architects, planners, and politicians. Post-suburban politics will have to command the approval of the residents of suburbia.

Nicholas Phelps is Professor of Urban and Regional Development at University College London and the author of An Anatomy of Sprawl: Planning and Politics in Britain.
Title:Sequel To Suburbia: Glimpses Of America's Post-suburban FutureFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:November 20, 2015Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0262029839

ISBN - 13:9780262029834


Editorial Reviews

Sequel to Suburbia provides students of urban studies with a fresh perspective on the political economy of America's edge cities. It also provides analysts, policymakers, and design professionals with important insights about how suburban space might be reworked in the context of contemporary political regimes.

-Paul Knox, Virginia Tech, author of Metroburbia, USA and Cities and Design