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Edge City
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Edge City
Life on the New Frontier
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First there was downtown. Then there were suburbs. Then there were malls. Then Americans launched the most sweeping change in 100 years in how they live, work, and play. The Edge City.

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First there was downtown. Then there were suburbs. Then there were malls. Then Americans launched the most sweeping change in 100 years in how they live, work, and play. The Edge City.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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  • Joel Garreau, a Washington Post staff writer, is the author of the bestselling The Nine Nations of North America. He is also a principal in The Edge City Group, an organization dedicated to making better communities out of Edge Cities nationwide.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 31, 1992
    A thought-provoking account of the new urban centers that are developing on the edges of major metropolitan areas in the U.S.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 29, 1991
    Garreau ( The Nine Nations of North America ) shows that Americans, weary of daily commutes between suburb and city, are developing concentrated communities near major metropolitan areas that blend home, workplace, schools and recreation. He calls these all-inclusive urban centers ``edge cities'': among them, White Plains, near Manhattan; King of Prussia, outside of Philadelphia; Scottsdale and Tempe, adjacent to Phoenix. Nine chapters on specific regions include interviews with modern ``pioneers,'' professionals who have chosen the edge-city lifestyle, and planners such as controversial Northern Virginia developer John T. (Til) Hazel. Edge-city proponents make a case for practicality, safety and cultural growth, while detractors cite bland artificiality and environmental threats in the expanding realm of industrial parks and strip malls. Garreau maintains a casual style, incorporating statistical data, historical references and regional trivia into an eminently readable, thought-provoking, optimistic text.

  • New York Times Book Review.

    "Readable... a fascinating transcontinental tour... Mr. Garreau has the ability to categorize and clarify trends before they are apparent to the rest of us. His instincts are sharp, and his arguments are often persuasive...Edge City... is a provocative introduction to demographic and business patterns that are likely to becom more important as the twenty-first century edges nearer."

  • The Wall Street Journal. "Superb reporting."
  • Washington Post. "Fascinating... no one has explained the geographical, economic and sociological forces that have produced these 'new downtowns' as well as Garreau."
  • Plain Dealer. "Edge cities are America's next urban frontier, and Garreau's book is the best new guide to the territory."
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