Building Better Communities, from the Garden City to the New Urbanism
"Gillette expertly and efficiently marches the reader through the main planning and reform movements of the late nineteenth, twentieth, and early twenty-first centuries, focusing on those thinkers, movements, and places that reflect a concern for the utility of design in promoting good community life."-Planning Perspectives "Howard Gillette provides a masterful survey of major themes in American planning and social thought over the course of the twentieth century on the proper design and function of urban areas. The title reflects the longstanding belief that improved design will create not simply better buildings and public spaces but truly engaged citizens."-David Schuyler, author of From Garden City to Green City: The Legacy of Ebenezer Howard
Howard Gillette, Jr., is Professor of History at Rutgers University and the author of Camden After the Fall: Decline and Renewal in a Post-Industrial City and Between Justice and Beauty: Race, Planning, and the Failure of Urban Policy in Washington, D.C. Both books are available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.
Introduction 1. Progressive Reform Through Environmental Intervention 2. The Garden City in America 3. The City: Film as Artifact 4. The Evolution of Neighborhood Planning 5. The Planned Shopping Center in Suburb and City 6. James Rouse and American City Planning 7. The New Urbanism: "Organizing Things That Matter' 8. Civitas in the Design of Low-Income Housing Conclusion Notes Index Acknowledgments