The Human City: Urbanism for the Rest of Us
By Joel Kotkin
Around the globe, most new urban development has adhered to similar tenets: tall structures, small units, and high density. In "The Human City," Joel Kotkincalled America s uber-geographer by David Brooks of the "New York Times"questions these nearly ubiquitous practices, suggesting that they do not consider the needs and desires of the vast majority of people. Built environments, Kotkin argues, must reflect the preferences of most people especially those of families even if that means lower-density development.
"The Human City" ponders the purpose of the city and investigates the factors that drive most urban development today. Armed with his own astute research, a deep-seated knowledge of urban history, and a sound grasp of economic, political, and social trends, Kotkin pokes holes in what he calls the retro-urbanist ideology and offers a refreshing case for dispersion centered on human values.
This book is not anti-urban, but it does advocate a greater range of options for people to live the way they want at all stages of their lives."
Praise for Joel Kotkin s "The New Class Conflict" "Kotkin is to be commended for seeing past the daily bric-a-brac of American politics to perceive the newly emerging class divisions." Jay Cost, "The Washington Free Beacon" ." . . Paints a dire picture of the undeclared war on the middle class." Kyle Smith, "New York Post" ." . . In having the courage to junk the old nostrums, [Kotkin] has taken an important step forward." "Financial Times" "This original and provocative book should stimulate fresh thinking and produce vigorous dissent." "Foreign Affairs"
Praise for Joel Kotkin s "The City: A Global History" ." . . This fast read succeeds most with Kotkin as storyteller, flying through time and around the world to weave so many disparate histories into one urban tapestry." The Fifth Annual Planetizen Top 10 Books List, 2006 Edition "No one knows more about cities than Joel Kotkin, and has more to teach us about them. In "The City," Kotkin takes us on a brisk and invigorating tour of cities from the Babylon of ancient times to the burgeoning exurbs of today. It is impossible not to learn a lot from this book." Michael Barone, "U.S. News and World Report" ." . . Offers fascinating insight into the ideologies that have created different city designs, and into the natural human desire to gather together to live and for commerce." Steve Greenhut, "The Orange County Register" "The book is taut, elegant, informative and lots of fun to read. When I got to the end, I wished it had been longer." Alan Ehrenhalt, "Governing Magazine" "
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