“Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism” book talk Thursday, April 17th

Months ago, I received a phonecall from Ben Ross to learn about his forthcoming book, “Dead End”, and to help schedule a book talk in West Palm Beach. Anyone interested in the issues we raise on the blog will find this talk fascinating I’m sure. Most interesting is the focus on the sociological aspects of sprawl and the way in which  ‘keeping up with the Joneses” has perpetuated sprawl. From the Better Cities and Towns review:

Consider this: Nearly every detail of sprawl is a status marker — from the finegrained separation of price points, to the segregation of rental apartments in remote pods, to the “lawyer foyers,” to the wide and mostly useless front lawns. These markers are important to the self-worth of tens of millions of affluent Americans…The old American Dream of keeping up with the Joneses built the suburbs. The new one could rebuild our cities, towns, and neighborhoods and revitalize the suburbs for our children.

Please repost this and get the word out to all who may be interested in this topic. Reminder: All such events are posted on the Walkable West Palm Beach Google calendar feed.

From the publisher:

Dead End traces how the ideal of a safe, green, orderly retreat where hardworking members of the middle class could raise their children away from the city mutated into the McMansion- and strip mall-ridden suburbs of today. Benjamin Ross finds that sprawl is much more than bad architecture and sloppy planning. Its roots are historical, sociological and economic.
“Ben Ross’ Dead End is a highly personal account of a larger journey that we are embarked on as a nation — from sprawl to walkable communities, from anoxic, sterile neighborhoods to vibrant, transit-served urban areas that are the wellspring of innovation, economic development and cultural richness.”
     –John Porcari, Former Deputy Secretary, United States Department of Transportation

“Ben Ross paints the big picture of the battle between sprawl and community from the historic perspective, to the current conflicts to a vision of better land use process. Always focused on the human perspective with subjects as diverse as Jane Jacobs and Pete Seeger to Snob Zoning and Agenda 21, Dead End is an exciting, easy read.”
     –Parris Glendening, President, Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute, and former Governor of Maryland (1995-2003)

Thursday, April 17, 5:30 pm


330 Clematis Street, Suite 117, West Palm Beach

Ross Event Invite West Palm Beach


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