Cities and the Wealth of Nations
Principles of Economic Life
Paperback ISBN: 0394729110
"Learned, iconoclastic and exciting...Jacobs' diagnosis of the decay of cities in an increasingly integrated world economy is on the mark."—New York Times Book Review "Jacobs' book is inspired, idiosyncratic and personal...It is written with verve and humor; for a work of embattled theory, it is wonderfully concrete, and its leaps are breathtaking."—Los Angeles Times "Not only comprehensible but entertaining...Like Mrs. Jacobs' other books, it offers a concrete approach to an abstract and elusive subject. That, all by itself, makes for an intoxicating experience."—New York Times
The Nature of Design
Ecology, Culture, and Human Intention
Paperback ISBN: 0195173686
The environmental movement has often been accused of being overly negative--trying to stop "progress." The Nature of Design, on the other hand, is about starting things, specifically an ecological design revolution that changes how we provide food, shelter, energy, materials, and livelihood, and how we deal with waste. Ecological design is an emerging field that aims to recalibrate what humans do in the world according to how the world works as a biophysical system. Design in this sense is a large concept having to do as much with politics and ethics as with buildings and technology. The book begins by describing the scope of design, comparing it to the Enlightenment of the 18th century. Subsequent chapters describe barriers to a design revolution inherent in our misuse of language, the clockspeed of technological society, and shortsighted politics. Orr goes on to describe the critical role educational institutions might play in fostering design intelligence and what he calls "a higher order of heroism." Appropriately, the book ends on themes of charity, wilderness, and the rights of children. Astute yet broadly appealing, The Nature of Design combines theory, practicality, and a call to action.
Whatever It Takes
Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America
Paperback ISBN: 0547247966
An intriguing portrait of African-American activist Geoffrey Canada, creator of the Harlem Children's Zone, describes his radical new approach to eliminating inner-city poverty, one that proposes to transform the lives of poor children by changing their schools, their families, and their neighborhoods at the same time. Reprint.
Tract Home Transformations That Turn Everyday to Extraordinary
Hardcover ISBN: 1586853724
The author of the Blueprint series presents a series of plans for turning the average suburban home into a spacious and elegant domicile, using before-and-after photographs to show how this transformation can be accomplished at the least expense.
Planning the Future of the Twin Cities
Hardcover ISBN: 0816665567
The Twin Cities region contains 11 counties, 300 cities and townships, and 1,700 unique combinations of tax rates and public services. Historically, this fragmentation has made it extremely difficult to address the social, economic, and environmental problems that affect all parts of the region, yet the Minneapolis and St. Paul area has generally been held in high esteem as a model of regional cooperation. How do policy planners make it work-and is it working well enough? In Region Myron Orfield and Thomas Luce examine both the successes and shortcomings of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Council's regional planning and policy. Detailing the rapid demographic, commuting, and land use changes that are currently at work in the region, Orfield and Luce identify the new challenges faced by the cities and the suburbs and their overlooked interdependence. They thoroughly investigate the economic and political trends impacting Twin Cities residents' quality of life-sprawl, population growth, economic and racial injustice, a lack of affordable housing, traffic congestion-and in particular how education demographic trends are solidifying segregation. Extensive maps, graphs, and charts accompany the authors' argument for careful, coordinated regional development in the Twin Cities and explanations about how such an approach should be a model for other regions around the United States. Confronting unsettling-sometimes shocking-realities of life in the Twin Cities, Orfield and Luce highlight the urgent need to create thriving integrated neighborhoods and job growth throughout the region, as well as the near impossibility of desegregating our neighborhoods and schools. Throughout this detailed and deeply researched work, they analyze the wide impact of planning failures and the promise of successful growth, and ultimately put forth trenchant policy recommendations for a better future-one where we live up to our social, environmental, and political ideals.
Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx
Paperback ISBN: 0743254430
Coming of age in the midst of the Bronx drug trade, nineteen-year-old Jessica, fourteen-year-old Coco, and their lovers experience budding sexuality, teen parenthood, and gang identity, in a social examination of the challenges of family life in the face of violence. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
How Ghettos Happen
Paperback ISBN: 1583226079
"This accessible, clearly written book . . . may inspire ordinary people to work toward full desegregation of our society."—Publishers Weekly Hilfiker explains how, notwithstanding the various myths and legends of black urban poverty, the truth is that our government’s social programs operate in such a way as to keep the vast majority of African Americans uneducated, in poor health, and literally separate. Dr. David Hilfiker has lived and worked in medical recovery and housing shelters for the homeless in Washington, D.C., since 1983.
Children in the Years of Hope
Paperback ISBN: 0060956453
The author of Amazing Grace and Savage Inequalities offers his most personal take on America's poverty stricken urban neighborhoods, recalling the lessons he has learned from time spent among the nation's poorest people. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.