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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This shift toward what Garreau christened “Edge Cities” — Information Age 21st-century nodes where the majority of Americans now live, work, play, pray, socialize, shop, grow up and grow old — shows what people genuinely value.

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The New Center of Power and Money New statistics show that the Edge Cities of Fairfax County, Virginia, have seen such spectacular growth in high-quality, private-enterprise, white-collar jobs that the Economic Development Authority president has taken to saying “we are the downtown and Washington is our suburb. And oh yes, a busy airport devoted entirely to private aircraft, especially private jets.

Scenarios jel 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 jofl line telephones. He’s probably half true on both, but approaches the issues in garreay childish, off the cuff way. Jun 08, Ian rated it it was amazing.

Because most are built at automobile scale, mass transit frequently cannot serve them well. May 08, Matt rated it really liked it.

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

Any errors of fact, emphasis, or interpretation in this volume are entirely my own. Where Will Boomer Retirees Go? Ciyt this, instead, is a cull of items that I think the general reader may find useful, enjoyable, and even startling.


Louis area is handing space over to artists to generate traffic. Edge cities arise from population decentralization from large major core cities and has been ongoing since the s.

Edge Cities are not simply American creations. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

edgw Density is the rule, not an exception, in the wide-open gaarreau of the West. In that context, it was easier for me to see how similar edge cities and downtowns really are. At ckty times of apparently rampant perversity, this thinking goes, the correct gxrreau is not to throw up one’s hands and decry Americans as fools.

January Learn how and when to remove this template message. As a result, construction of medium- and high-density housing in edge cities ranges from difficult to impossible. After suburbia, Edge City is probably the greatest misallocation of resources in Amerika – that and the Military-Industrial-Complex.

Lists with This Book. Sweat Sniffers Replace Physical Buildings More on how the networked computer is transforming the built environment faster and more thoroughly than garrrau the automobile.

It also sports the largest and quite beautiful Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the country. Feb 20, Stephen rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This book is now about 25 years old, so by now many of the topics discussed are a bit tired, but are still presented in an engaging manner.

New Uses for Office Space Surging As the Net transforms where grareau how we work, the demand for office space, predictably, is lagging. The concept of the Edge City is an intriguing, albeit very sad one – that a developer can do better in a matter of years what has taken proper cities decades. Developers cith edge cities have been shown to strategically plan expansion of such business areas to draw workers away from more dense port cities and thereby keep profits from surrounding interests.

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Edge City: Life on the New Frontier

This article has multiple issues. Las Vegas as an Exemplar of the Santa-Fe-ing Phenom The New Yorker has an excellent piece describing how, in the age of advanced communications and rapid global delivery of anything, cities can now rise anywhere people choose to congregate. Audible Download Audio Books. Not in Seattle Edge Cities In the land of Microsoft, the boom goes on with more tower cranes than any place west of the Mississippi.

Acknowledgments Any large-scale look edgr America ends up involving a legion of co-conspirators, I’ve discovered. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Whereas virtually every American central business district CBD or jorl downtown that developed around non-motorized transportation or the streetcar has a pedestrian-friendly grid pattern of relatively narrow streets, most edge cities instead edgw a hierarchical street arrangement centered on pedestrian-hostile arterial roads.

Feb 01, Andrew rated it really liked it Shelves: Most edge cities develop at or near existing or planned freeway intersections, and are especially likely to develop near major airports. Many of those were interviews, several were computer runs, and more than a few were too boring to inflict casually on josl human beings.

Sep 01, Pages. Instead, they either cash in their real estate chips and move farther out, or age in place in “NORCs” — naturally occuring retirement communitites. To ask other readers questions about Edge Cityplease sign up.

He has been much in demand from all groups with a stake in these new jole