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By Alex Marshall

Do towns paintings anymore? How did they get to be such sprawling conglomerations of lookalike subdivisions, megafreeways, and "big field" superstores surrounded by way of acres of parking plenty? And why, so much of all, do not they think like genuine groups? those are the questions that Alex Marshall tackles during this hard-hitting, hugely readable examine what makes towns work.

Marshall argues that city existence has damaged down as a result of our easy lack of know-how of the genuine forces that form cities-transportation structures, and enterprise, and political selection making. He explores how those forces have outfitted 4 very diverse city environments-the decentralized sprawl of California's Silicon Valley, the crowded streets of latest York City's Jackson Heights local, the managed progress of Portland, Oregon, and the stage-set facades of Disney's deliberate neighborhood, occasion, Florida.

To construct greater towns, Marshall asserts, we needs to comprehend and intelligently direct the forces that form them. with out prescribing anybody answer, he defines the foremost concerns dealing with all involved voters who're attempting to keep an eye on city sprawl and construct actual groups. His well timed booklet can be very important studying for a large public audience.

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In Duany’s Kentlands, outside Washington, the mix is almost identical. There you also have a wide swath of $400,000 homes along with $1 million ones and a sprinkling of lower-priced ones in the $200,000 range. 20 The New Urban idea of diversity is almost exactly the opposite of what exists in the real world. If the real world is 80 percent poor and middle class, and 20 percent upper class, New Urban developments are generally 80 percent upper class, and 20 percent middle class. Forget poor. The New Urban idea of diversity is to sprinkle a handful of middle-class residents within a solidly upper-income subdivision.

Such a designation denotes a kind of separateness. s. 192, and could not survive without it. s. 192. s. 192 were somehow severed, Celebration would die as quickly as a severed limb. s. 192, along with the Interstate, is A TA L E O F T W O T O W N S Celebration’s lifeline, as vital to it as the railroad and the big lake were to Kissimmee in the nineteenth century. s. 192 and Celebration are part of the sprawl that surrounds Disney World, and both are within its orbit. And this sprawl in turn is part of the larger sprawl that surrounds Orlando, most of it sparked by Disney’s decision to locate here thirty years ago.

The city of Kissimmee has become an appendage of Disney World, feeding on the people who want the cheaper hotel rates, or who visit a theme park called Medieval Times, rather than Disney World, for the day. This has left the old downtown of Kissimmee and its surrounding streets as a relic, even while the city’s population as a whole has quintupled. The old city center is no longer the center of anything. s. 192. So even though the city now holds 40,000, and the county 160,000, the downtown is struggling.

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