NEW STAFF COMMENT: What a surprising thing to learn, that the leader of the anti-sprawl movement is a Minnesotan, a civil engineer who left his career to show the world why Brainerd, Minnesota, was a much more liveable town decades ago than it is now after street widening and strip malls. Other examples from around the country educate the reader in the before- and not-so-good sprawl after. And then there is the financial smack of underfunded liabilities for infrastructure costs. The author advocates for walkable communities that are mixed-use and diverse, reminding me of the good news in 2014 that St Louis Park City Manager Tom Harmening won the League of Minnesota Cities Leadership Award for his vision and commitment to Excelsior and Grand and the West End. This book is a readable, non-scholarly look at where we live and why, and what we want for and from our neighborhoods. — Ruthie E., Wayzata Library
From the book, you wouldn't know there are people who earn less the $50K/year and can't afford those pricey houses. You can see why the folks looking for the end of the suburbs have a nasty whiff of elitism about them.
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