Exploring the Elusive Metropolis
By (author) Robert E. Lang
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Edgeless Cities by Robert E. Lang
Book DescriptionEdgeless cities are a sprawling form of development that accounts for the bulk of office space found outside of downtowns. Every major metropolitan area has them: vast swaths of isolated buildings that are neither pedestrian friendly, nor easily accessible by public transit, and do not lend themselves to mixed use. While critics of urban sprawl tend to focus on the social impact of "edge cities" udevelopments that combine large-scale office parks with major retail and housing uedgeless cities, despite their ubiquity, are difficult to define or even locate. While they stay under the radar of critics, they represent a significant departure in the way American cities are built and are very likely the harbingers of a suburban future almost no one has anticipated. Edgeless Cities explores America's new metropolitan form by examining the growth and spatial structure of suburban office space across the nation. Inspired by Myron Orfield's groundbreaking Metropolitics (Brookings, 1997), Robert Lang uses data, illustrations, maps, and photos to delineate between two types of suburban office development ubounded and edgeless. The book covers the evolving geography of rental office space in thirteen of the country's largest markets, which together contain more than 2.6 billion square feet of office space and 26,000 buildings: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington. Lang discusses how edgeless cities differ from traditional office areas. He also provides an overview of national, regional, and metropolitan office markets, covers ways to map and measure them, and discusses the challenges urban policymakers and practitioners will face as this new suburban form continues to spread. Until now, edgeless cities have been the unstudied phenomena of the new metropolis. Lang's conceptual approach reframes the current thinking on suburban sprawl and provides a valuable resource for future policy discussions surrounding smart growth issues.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780815706113
(229mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Brookings Institution
Publisher: Brookings Institution
Publish Date: 31-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Robert E. Lang
Boomburbs, Paperback (July 2009)
A glance at a list of America's fastest growing 'cities' reveals quite a surprise: most are really overgrown suburbs. This title explains who lives in them, what they look like, how they are governed, and why their rise calls into question the definition of urban.
Redefining Urban and Suburban America, Paperback (October 2005)» View all books by Robert E. Lang
Results from Census 2000 have confirmed that American cities and metropolitan areas lie at the heart of the nation's most pronounced demographic and economic changes.
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Author Biography - Robert E. Lang
Robert E. Lang is co director of the Metropolitan Institute and a professor in the Urban Affairs and Planning graduate program at Virginia Tech, USA.
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