Superbia!
241 Pages
English

Superbia!

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241 Pages
English

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* The ONLY book to offer concrete steps that suburban dwellers can take to make their existing neighborhoods more liveable. * There are over 100 million suburban dwellers in the U.S. alone! * It is a highly readable guidebook that can inspire and inform neighborhood associations, city planning departments, architects, and educators. * It offers a unique insight into modern urban and suburban life.

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Published 01 March 2009
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EAN13 9781550923230
Language English
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S u p e r b i a !
Superbia!is a great read while you’re stuck in traffic. It’s full of practical ideas for moving from commuting to community. Whether you live in the city or in the ‘burbs, it will help you connect with nature, with neighbors, and with yourself. — JIMDIERS, Founding Director, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
Chiras and Wann have not only visualized ways to create a higher quality of life, they provide real life examples of people who are doing it. I highly recommend this book as a model for action. Do it for yourselves; but most of all, do it for your children. — JUDYCORBETT, Executive Director, Local Government Commission
This is a book about connections: connecting with our neighbors, connecting our communities and the ecosystem, and connecting our everyday lives to our search for quality. Dan Chiras and Dave Wann show us that these connections aren’t available only to those who live in new developments designed on the principles of new urbanism, smart communities or sustainability. With some thought and effort, we can establish these connections in our existing neighborhoods. Under the Chiras-Wann blueprint, sustainability in suburban America can grow from the exception to the rule. — WILLIAMBECKER, founder of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development.
31 ways to create sustainable neighborhoods S u p e r b i a !
DANCHIRAS& DAVEWANN
Sustainable Suburbs Project The Sustainable Futures Society
NEWSOCIETYPUBLISHERS
Cataloguing in Publication Data: A catalog record for this publication is available from the National Library of Canada.
Copyright © 2003 by Dan Chiras and David Wann. All rights reserved.
Second Printing, Dec. 2005.
Cover design by Diane McIntosh. Cover Image, background suburb: Photodisc Blue (RF).
Printed in Canada.
New Society Publishers acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program (BPIDP) for our publishing activities.
Paperback ISBN 10: 0–86571–490–8 Paperback ISBN 13: 978-0-86571-4908
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Introduction: From Suburbia to Superbia! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 The Changing Face of Suburbia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Reinventing Our Neighborhoods for Health, Profit, and Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Imagining a Sustainable Neighborhood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 How to Remodel a Neighborhood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Germination: First Steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Leafing Out: Bolder Ideas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Your Neighborhood Blossoms: Boldest Steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Suburban Revitalization I: Can This Dream Become a Reality? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Suburban Revitalization II: Making Bold Dreams Come True . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .139 Taking Care in the Neighborhood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .159
Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .171 Resource Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .175 Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .215 About the Authors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .229
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Acknowledgments
E GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE THE MANY PEOPLEwho contributed to this book and to our work on Superbia!To G. Winter, president of the Sustainable Futures Society, who played a pivotal role in the W birth of this project, a world of thanks. Interviews conducted several years ago with authors James Kunstler and Alan Durning, and with New Urbanists Peter Calthorpe, Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Victor Dover, Elizabeth Moule, Harrison Rue, Dan Williams, Jonathan Rose, and others were extremely useful in launching this project. We would also like to thank the many people who recently responded to a stream of questions from the two of us: Lois Arkin (L.A. Eco-Village), Jim Diers (Seattle Neighborhoods), Judy Corbett (Local Government Commission, Sacramento), Doug Linkhart and Jane Hanley (Neighborhood Resource Center, Denver), Deb French (Denver), Brad Lancaster (Tucson), David Engwicht (Creative Communities International, Australia), Albert Bates (Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm), Jim Soules and Ross Chapin (The Cottage Company, Seattle), Val Oliver (Crystal Waters Ecovillage), Cherie Murphy (Elgin, Illinois), Jim Cowern (City of Boulder), Daniel Lerch (The City Repair Project, Portland, Oregon), Kim Hendess (Better Environmentally Sound Transportation, Vancouver, B.C.), Charles Ehrlich (Muir Commons, Davis, California, Kevin Wolf (N Street Cohousing, Davis, California), Penny Poyzer (Global Action Plan, London, England), Fred Olson (The Cohousing Network, Berkeley), Shay Salomon (Tucson), and Jon Schulz (Sustainable Futures Society). We also gratefully acknowledge the many people who provided photographs for this book. Our many colleagues in the sustainable building and cohousing movements deserve some of the credit for this book’s contents. As a concept,Superbia!has been coalescing in many minds. We are excited about giving it shape and grateful for the hard work and dedication of our friends and colleagues.
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