Since the release of the First Edition in 1995, this critically acclaimed resource has become the standard reference work on urban planning and design, providing proven strategies for professionals and priceless real world insight for students. This new Second Edition offers detailed, expert coverage of all the latest trends, projects, and programs in the ever-changing world of urban design. '...A magnificent work. I was expecting the common sense approach to current conditions but I was surprised at the interpolation of historical lessons. There is one that spans the two worlds better' - Andres Duany (architect and town planner). 'I will read it again and again, sometimes from front to back, sometimes from back to front, sometimes to page through at random, sometimes to consult and help me with a particular problem. I guarantee dog-eared pages within a year' - Paul Goldberger. The American City: What Works, What Doesn't analyzes more than 300 key programs and projects initiated in 150 major cities, suburban areas, and towns - showing why some projects succeeded brilliantly in accomplishing their goals, why others failed, and the lessons to be learned from both the successes and the failures. Taking a unique multidisciplinary approach to the complex challenges of urban and suburban regeneration, this superb sourcebook explores: the need for city planning to generate a widespread and sustained private market reaction in order to succeed; the six ingredients of project success: market, location, design, financing, entrepreneurship, and time; invative ways to revitalize cities through the use of parks, playgrounds, cultural centers, convention centes, shopping centers, sports arenas, and more; methods for increasing access to affordable housing and revitalizing neighborhoods; and, everything you need to kw about zoning and historical preservation laws.The features new to the second edition include: added sections on stadiums and entertainment centers, business improvement districts, big box retailing, tax credit housing, environmental issues, loft housing, and more; coverage of key recent projects in the most significant areas of urban planning; and, complete updates of all statistical information and projects covered in the prior edition. Whether your interest is government, the nprofit sector, or the private market - if the subject is cities and how they work - this book is the place to begin. What have been the very best urban and suburban projects conceived and implemented across the United States? What was the guiding philosophy behind each of them? Why were they successful? How did they make our cities, suburban areas, and towns better places? What projects didn't work and why? Was the philosophy that inspired them misguided or was the failure in the execution? How can these unsuccessful projects help us solve the myriad of today's urban problems? This is the new Second Edition of what has become the standard reference on urban planning and design.Practicing city planner and ted urban scholar Alexander Garvin surveys what has been done to improve America's cities over the past 100 years - analyzing more than 300 programs and projects. Taking a rare multidisciplinary approach, Garvin shows how the combination of individual and private-sector efforts, community-level action, and broad-based government policy can and has achieved an urban regeneration. It is the author's contention that we do kw how to solve urban problems and have been successfully fixing cities for two centuries. He argues, that by studying and learning from the past, we can solve each seemingly intractable modern crises and the scarcity of public open space, the lack of safe, affordable housing, the degradation of the environment, the erosion of the tax base, and countless other problems plague our cities and suburbs.The book presents six ingredients of project success - market, location, design, financing, entrepreneurship, and time -
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.