Green Arcade Talk on “Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism”
From The Green Arcade:
Ben Ross talks about his book
Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism
Dead End brings together the history of suburbanization and urban decline & revival in a single book for the first time, providing an unparalleled synthesis of leading cross-disciplinary scholarship in urban history and urban planning
“Ben Ross’ Dead End is a highly personal account of a larger journey that we are embarked on as a nation—from sprawl to walkable communities, from anoxic, sterile neighborhoods to vibrant, transit-served urban areas that are the wellspring of innovation, economic development and cultural richness.”—John Porcari, Former Deputy Secretary, United States Department of Transportation
“Ben Ross paints the big picture of the battle between sprawl and community from the historic perspective, to the current conflicts to a vision of a better land use process. Always focused on the human perspective with subjects as diverse as Jane Jacobs and Pete Seeger to Snob Zoning and Agenda 21, Dead End is an exciting, easy read.”—Parris N. Glendening, President, Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute, and Governor of Maryland (1995-2003)
Benjamin Ross was president of Maryland’s Action Committee for Transit for 15 years, which grew under his leadership into the nation’s largest grass-roots transit advocacy group. He is a consultant on environmental problems and served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences and EPA Science Advisory Board.