It was one of the most talked-about urbanist books, and ideas, a generation ago. What ever happened to Joel Garreau’s concept of the “edge. First there was downtown. Then there were suburbs. Then there were malls. Then Americans launched the most sweeping change in years in how they live. First there was downtown. Then there were suburbs. Then there were malls. Then Americans launched the most sweeping change in years.

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In Edwards, John D. Learn how and when to remove these template messages. American Journal of Economics and Sociology. Melissa rated it liked it Mar 06, And since it’s written from a journalisitc perspective rather than an urban planning perspective, it makes for a good read but leaves more to be desired. Preview — Edge City by Joel Garreau. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Well, at least they will have learned not to share the refrigerator. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? The data show just the opposite, he says. They call it “an alternative geography” of the United States, and they’re right.

Edge City: Life on the New Frontier

After suburbia, Edge City is probably the greatest misallocation of resources in Amerika – that and the Military-Industrial-Complex. Garreau’s classic example of an edge city is the information technology center, Tysons, Virginiawest of Washington, DC.

Life on the New Frontier by Joel Garreau. Edge cities arise from population decentralization from large major core cities and has been ongoing since the s.

Edge City: Life on the New Frontier – Joel Garreau – Google Books

Product description Review “Readable The edge city is fundamentally impossible without the automobile. Spatially, edge cities primarily consist of mid-rise office towers with some skyscrapers surrounded by massive surface parking lots and meticulously manicured lawns, almost reminiscent of the designs of Le Corbusier. Classic reading to know our cities.


When reading non-fiction I tend to appreciate an economy of words. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Write a product review. While his explanations of why Edge Cities have grown and function the way they cityy make sense, Garreau still seems a little too nonplussed about it.

Comparisons in the book between downtowns and edge cities in a number of categories was interesting because it put both on an equal footing and l This book provided me with a much deeper understanding of what I saw so garrexu growing up in the Dallas area.

Revitalization of edge cities may be “the major urban renewal project of the 21st century”.

Particularly interesting is its relatively great distance from downtown and the more established Edge Cities, coupled with its proximity to “nice” — Scottsdale still prides itself on being a destination resort. They are the advanced development of the automobile, which in turn led to the need for parking, escalating land values in central downtown areas, the rise of communications and the entry of more individuals into the workplace i.

Scenarios for the Future of Infrastructure All this talk about “shovel-ready” projects ignores the scenarios that show that the genetic, robotic, information and nano technologies are rapidly making many concrete-and steel projects as obsolete as land line telephones.

Perhaps the first edge city was Detroit’s New Centerdeveloped in the s. That’s one and a half times the population of the District of Columbia.

Edge cities such as Tysons have specific regional accessibility that has been enhanced by major projects funded by federal and state governments. Garreau’s work has been acclaimed by marketers, entrepreneurs and social analysts.

The growth is in the inland metros that offer better value.

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Calls by former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for construction of a Wilshire Boulevard extension of the Purple Line subway led many transportation planners and Century City occupants and neighbors to call for a southerly routing of the extension that would pass by Century City on its northern leg. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations.


What It’s About Joel Garreau is the foremost chronicler of the biggest revolution in years in how humans build the cities that are the cornerstones, capstones and, sometimes, millstones of their civilizations — the places where most of our new wealth is being created. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations.

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Provichance rated it liked it Jun 11, A very worthwhile piece of joek journalism. For example, the outskirts of BangaloreIndia are increasingly replete with mid-rise mirrored-glass office towers set amid lush gardens and sprawling parking lots where many foreign companies have set up shop. Jul 27, Pages. And the places that aren’t great at that are dying. Great, turn the large joeel area into your living and dining space and the ciyy room into your bedroom.

New Jersey — Tomorrowland “For these are not as they might seem to be, the ruins of our civilization, but are the temporary encampments and outposts of the civilization that we—you and I—shall build.

I regret that I cannot either thank each of them here or cite them all adequately in the text. This would explain a lot. Arkin and a platoon of their associates have done an astounding job of lifting the veil. Edua rated it really liked it Dec 22, Moel author has a bias against these type of cities it appears, but the book is written in a pretty non-biased manner.

Now affluent, educated blacks are in the majority.