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on October 15, 2003
Mr. Garvin addresses the key factors that actually create effective change for cities today. He places a heavy emphasis on sound real estate financing, but he also demonstrates the need for effective government action and political leadership to spur private develoopments. When combined with good design and a proper reading of market forces, American Cities can and will be changed for the benefit of all its citizens.
Readers must understand, however, that Mr. Garvin does not ascribe what is "Best for the City." Each city represents a unique example and requires specific consideration when planning its future. Instead, Mr. Garvin brilliantly provides an accurate set of tools to direct a city's future, thus allowing the reader to determine what the future of his or her city should be.
Whether you're intersted in planning the future of your city or simply learning what influences the development of your city, I highly recommend this book.
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on June 22, 1998
Alex Garvin has functioned singlehandedly as the entire Urban Planning department at Yale University for over twenty years, while serving at various times as the Director of Comprehensive Planning for the City of New York, a member of the New York City Planning Commission, an expert for the Urban Land Institute, a real estate developer and the facilities analyst for New York's bid for the Olympics. This book is his masterwork, providing an expanded version of his Yale course illustrated with hundreds of examples drawn (and photographed) from cities all over America.
Without question, if you are going to get only one book dealing with the problems and solutions of contemporary urban development, this MUST be it.
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on January 23, 1997
An easy to understand guide to civic improvements in the
United States - whether they were sucesses or failures.
Many of the therioes that he proposes are backed with
real civic improvements - whether they failed or suceeded.
This help to lend credibility to his ideas. Also, this book is filled with pictures.
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on August 12, 1997
A great book on planning practice by one of America's leading planners and planning educators. The emphasis on empirical observations and real results makes this a vital addition to the library of all who are serious about cities
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