The Resource The end of the suburbs : Where the American Dream is Moving., Leigh Gallagher, (downloadable audiobook)

The end of the suburbs : Where the American Dream is Moving., Leigh Gallagher, (downloadable audiobook)

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The end of the suburbs : Where the American Dream is Moving.
Title
The end of the suburbs
Title remainder
Where the American Dream is Moving.
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Leigh Gallagher
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Language
eng
Summary
For nearly seventy years, the suburbs were as American as apple pie. As the middle class ballooned and single-family homes and cars became more affordable, we flocked to pre-fabricated communities in the suburbs, a place where open air and solitude offered a retreat from our dense, polluted cities. Before long, success became synonymous with a private home in a bedroom community complete with a yard, a two-car garage, and a commute to the office, and subdivisions quickly blanketed our landscape. But in recent years things have started to change. An epic housing crisis revealed existing problems with this unique pattern of development, while the steady pull of long-simmering economic, societal, and demographic forces has culminated in a perfect storm that has led to a profound shift in the way we desire to live. In The End of the Suburbs journalist Leigh Gallagher traces the rise and fall of American suburbia from the stately railroad suburbs that sprung up outside American cities in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to current-day sprawling exurbs where residents spend as much as four hours each day commuting. Along the way she shows why suburbia was unsustainable from the start and explores the hundreds of new, alternative communities that are springing up around the country and promise to reshape our way of life for the better. Not all suburbs are going to vanish, of course, but Gallagher's research and reporting show the trends are undeniable. Consider some of the forces at work: The nuclear family is no more: Our marriage and birth rates are steadily declining, while single-person households are on the rise. Thus, the good schools and family-friendly lifestyle the suburbs promised are increasingly unnecessary. We want out of our cars: As the price of oil continues to rise, the hours-long commutes forced on us by sprawl have become unaffordable for many. Meanwhile, today's younger generation has expressed a perplexing indifference toward cars and driving. Both shifts have fueled demand for denser, pedestrian-friendly communities. Cities are booming. Once abandoned by the wealthy, cities are experiencing a renaissance, especially among younger generations and families with young children. At the same time, suburbs across the country have had to confront never-before-seen rates of poverty and crime. Blending powerful data with vivid on-the-ground reporting, Gallagher introduces us to a fascinating cast of characters, including the charismatic leader of the anti-sprawl movement; a mild-mannered Minnesotan who quit his job to convince the world that the suburbs are a financial Ponzi scheme; and the disaffected residents of suburbia, like the teacher whose punishing commute entailed leaving home at 4 a.m. and sleeping under her desk in her classroom. Along the way, she explains why understanding the shifts taking place is imperative to any discussion about the future of our housing landscape and of our society itself—and why that future will bring us stronger, healthier, happier, and more diverse communities for everyone
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Gallagher, Leigh
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Narrator: Jessica Geffen
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The end of the suburbs : Where the American Dream is Moving., Leigh Gallagher, (downloadable audiobook)
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http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=100337&titleID=1379474
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Unabridged
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Unabridged.
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  • online
  • electronic
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9781469026657
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Label
The end of the suburbs : Where the American Dream is Moving., Leigh Gallagher, (downloadable audiobook)
Link
http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=100337&titleID=1379474
Publication
Note
Unabridged
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digital storage
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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stereophonic
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spoken word
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spw
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rdacontent
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ocm00000007e4c724d-ea48-4788-b8ab-730d019b044a
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unknown
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
1 sound file
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  • online
  • electronic
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9781469026657
Isbn Type
(sound recording)
Media category
  • audio
  • computer
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
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  • s
  • c
Other physical details
digital
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sound
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
Speed
unknown
Stock number
7E4C724D-EA48-4788-B8AB-730D019B044A
System details
  • Requires OverDrive app 3.0 (Windows) / 1.0 (Mac) / 1.0 (Windows Mobile)
  • Format: OverDrive Listen
  • Format: OverDrive MP3 Audiobook
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
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not applicable
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not applicable

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