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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (21 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452802858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452802855
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,084,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr J Birch on 16 Dec. 2001
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One of the most far-sighted publications of the last 100 years or so. Within five years much of what the book proposed became reality when Letchworth Garden City in Hertfordshire was founded with 1903 - that is astounding enough. But the real fact is that almost anyone who lives in a town or city anywhere has been affected by this book, and the movement it launched. The very notion of town planning began here. New towns, green belts, zoning - so many things about the modern urban environment - worldwide - began with this book.
It was even more far sighted than that and it gives us a glimpse of what might have been but for the Great War, perhaps.
But this is no dry historical text - it is still relevent today. 100 years on something very like the network of Garden Cities Howard proposes is again being discussed.
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Relatively inexpensive but incomplete - does not include the diagrams of E.Howard's original concepts. Would have been better to be in its original form.
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By C. Mcnab on 4 Feb. 2015
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None of the related diagrams are in this book it is text only.
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ONE OF THE TRUE "CLASSICS" OF MODERN URBAN PLANNING 13 Jan. 2010
By Steven H Propp - Published on Amazon.com
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Ebenezer Howard (1850-1928) was actually a professional stenographer and court reporter rather than an architect, who lived in England nearly all of his life. In 1898 he self-published the first edition of this book, and proposed migration of populations from overcrowded urban centers (thus relieving their congestion) to sparsely-settled circular rural districts he called "Garden Cities"----so named from the greenbelt of undeveloped or agricultural land that surrounded them, limiting the size and growth of the city. People would live and work in these cities, which would be cooperatively run by quasi-public organizations renting the property to tenants (both businesses and individuals).

In the Introduction, Howard notes, "Palatial edifices and fearful slums are the strange, complementary features of modern cities." By way of contrast, "Garden City is not only planned, but it is planned with a view to the very latest of modern requirements, and it is obviously always easier, and usually far more economical and completely satisfactory, to make out of fresh material a new instrument than to patch up and alter an old one." He thought that Garden Cities would combine the best attractions of both "town" and "country," and would be just large enough to promote a full social life, and would be linked to each other by a rapid-transit system.

At the end of chapter 10, Howard summarizes, "My proposal is that there should be an earnest attempt to organize a migratory movement of population from our overcrowded centres to sparsely settled rural districts; ... that the migrants shall be guaranteed ... that the whole increase in land values due to their migration shall be secured to them; that this be done by creating an organization which ... shall receive all 'rate rents' and expend them in those public works which the migratory movement renders necessary or expedient ... by so laying out a Garden City that, as it grows, the free gifts of Nature---fresh air, sunlight, breathing room and playing room---shall be still retained in all needed abundance, and by so employing the resources of modern science that Art may supplement Nature, and life may become an abiding joy and delight."

This book is of abiding interest to utopians, those interested in intentional communities, New Towns, urban planning, the New Urbanism, and more. ESSENTIAL READING!
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Buy a different edition 11 Sept. 2010
By MkD - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very, very cheap edition. It has references to diagrams in the text that are not included in the book, typos, misspelled names. I'm sure there are tons of older editions and I suggest going that route.
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Poor reprint of a great book 27 Feb. 2013
By Pen Name - Published on Amazon.com
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It was very disappointing to find all the diagrams which made the original such a great book being reduced to thumbnail size. As a consequence the legibility is basically zero.

Additionally, the page format is -in my opinion- a bit to wide which makes it harder to read
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Not exactly the entire book 4 Jun. 2013
By S.Stacy - Published on Amazon.com
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The diagrams are very hard and almost impossible to read. I would discourage this book if the images, which are need to understand the master plan, are desired. Also the book was missing the opening section, which was apart of my required course reading.
Four Stars 11 Oct. 2014
By B. Angus - Published on Amazon.com
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Just what i was looking for
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