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265 Pages
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It's a Sprawl World After All

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265 Pages
English

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> Publicist to organize nat'l radio campaign. > Review campaign to appropriate publications on Urban Planning and Community Living > Postcard mailing to organizations like Americas Joint Center for Sustainable Communities, Center for Neighborhood Technology, Smart Growth America > Inclusion in mini-catalog > Academic mailing to professors of Urban Planning, and geography, sociology > Special sales to organizations listed in the resource section of the book

> The book presents a unique perspective clearly linking increased urban violence, incivility and a general lack of empathy for others with the rise of suburban sprawl and the consequent elimination of small town communities and safe neighborhoods. > The author’s message that small town community life introduces people to proper social interaction skills and reduces isolation, loneliness and depression will find a ready audience and is more developed than competing titles. > Will appeal especially to women who tend to be more concerned with personal safety, friends and community, and improving the lives of their family.

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Published 01 March 2009
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Advance Praise forIt’s a Sprawl World After All
There is so little public debate about the insane living arrange ment that most Americans consider normal. This book helps remedy that situation; a clear wakeup call to a nation that has been sleepwalking into the future. — James Howard Kunstler, renowned urban critic, and author ofThe Geography of NowhereandThe Long Emergency
This book is controversial, but a must read. Many studies are available that quantify problems of our sprawl development pat tern.It’s a Sprawl World After Allcenters on the least quantifiable, but arguably, the most important impact—the loss of a sense of community. The author gives a hardhitting warning that must be heeded if we are to have a civil future. — Parris N. Glendening, President, Smart Growth Leadership Institute, Governor, Maryland (19952003).
Sounding an impassioned call to action and offering thoughtful, common sense suggestions for repairing the damage we have inflicted on our landscape and our way of life, Morris has given us a useful addition to the growing body of antisprawl literature. — Richard Moe, President of The National Trust for Historic Preservation and author ofChanging Places
Morris brings [many] influences together with solid, progressive thinking to draw a clear picture of the sociological damage wrought by sprawl – as well as presenting solutions and options in which we can all participate. — From the Foreword, by Ray Oldenburg, author of The Great Good Placeand Professor Emeritus of Sociology at The University of West Florida
In this cautionary tale of a landscape stretched to its limits,It’s a Sprawl World After Allsimply yet eloquently illustrates how sub urban sprawl has fractured social relationships and hastened the disappearance of civicmindedness. Straightforward and convinc ing, Morris presents a book that is far from being just another critical account of the negative effects of sprawl. The author invokes an opti mistic and pragmatic spirit aimed at getting people to embrace the virtues of walking, public engagement, and tightknit communities. — Andy Hamilton, President, America Walks
InIt’s a Sprawl World After All,Doug Morris shows how sprawl has reduced our overall quality of life and turned neighbors into strangers. Most importantly, he offers practical suggestions on how readers can create meaningful, fulfilling connections in their commu nities – regardless of where they live. Read it and reap the benefits. — Sam Horn, author,Tongue Fu!andTake the Bully by the Horns
It’s a Sprawl World After Allreveals a litany of frightening details about America’s failing economic, community and personal health; all tied to the unbearable auto dependency associated with our suburban and urban wasted places. As a people and as communities we require a collective thump on the noggin. We need to rethink how we are building our nation. This book helps us do that. — Dan Burden, Director, Walkable Communities
Mr. Morris offers readers a passionate and exhaustive critique of all that is wrong with the nation, along with a common sense course for individual and community action. — Helen Tangires, author,Public Marketsand Civic Culture in NineteenthCentury America
With his engaging account of the American society’s devolution, Douglas E. Morris has delivered a book that belongs in the town planning canon alongsideSuburban NationandThe Geography of Nowhere,and kindred volumes. — Michael Dolan, author,The American Porch: An Informal History of an Informal Place
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Copyright © 2005 by Douglas E. Morris. All rights reserved.
Cover design by Diane McIntosh. Girl on bench image: Getty Images.
Printed in Canada. First printing September 2005.
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To my loving parents, Don and Denise Morris, who were
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Contents
Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xi Foreword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xiii Chapter 1: Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Suburban Sprawl, Isolation, and Violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Early Suburban Communities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Automobiles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 What Happened to America? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Chapter 2: Sprawl Versus Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 What is Sprawl? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Sprawl is Expensive. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Sprawl was Not Preordained. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Genuine Communities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 TV as Artificial Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Communities Exist Outside America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Change is in the Air . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Part I: Sprawl’s Human Impact45. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chapter 3: A Society of Strangers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Loneliness and Depression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Isolation of the Elderly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Stolen Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Children’s Stunted Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Chapter 4: A Culture of Incivility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 What is Culture? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Individualism in America. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 The “Me Generation” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
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