"There's no 'there' there"-find out where America went wrong,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Geography of Nowhere: Rise and Decline of America's Man-made Landscape (Paperback)
Starting from the first colonial settlements continuing to the present day,
Kunstler examines the evolution of the built environment of the United
States with a critical and satirical eye that rings convincingly true.
At once stimulated by the industrial revolution, and
advanced further by the proliferation of the private automobile, Kunstler
charts the degradation of the human qualities of American
cities and towns--resulting in the "generica" so prevalent in urban America
today: endless tract home developments, strip mall madness, faceless and
soulless architecture, and decaying inner cities juxtaposed with burgeoning
suburbia. Kunstler's analysis goes beyond the mere aesthetic, exposing
the profound social and economic ramifications of a "throwaway society"
that, giving no thought to creating places worth living in, has created a
land of "unplaces"--a "geography of nowhere". A sobering read that is destined to inspire Americans to rethink and reshape their communities for a more sustainable and aesthetically satisfying future.