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The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome: Turning Around the Unsustainable American Dream

ISBN: 978-0-470-88537-6
207 pages
December 2010
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An incisive look at the consequences of today's costly and damaging suburban lifestyle

In The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome, Bloomberg News' John Wasik exposes the economic, cultural, environmental, and health problems underlying life in suburbia. Wasik provides powerful insights into how the U.S. suburban lifestyle has become unsustainable and what can be done to salvage it. His observations are firmly grounded in exclusive on-the-ground research, interviews with thought leaders, and the latest studies and statistics. The book

  • Exposes the untold truths about suburban home ownership: green isn't always so green, life isn't cheaper after accounting for gas, water, and taxes, and modern suburban living isn't so idyllic considering the toll it takes on our health
  • Includes exclusive research and analysis by experts in the field that debunks the many myths associated with suburban living
  • Explores innovative solutions being developed in cities across the country

The American Dream of moving further from a city to buy a bigger house and find better schools has become a costly nightmare. The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome examines why and what can be done.

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Preface xi

Introduction: The Foundation Cracks 1

PART 1 A Dream Gone Bad 15

1 False Economics: American Dreamers in the Sunshine State 17

2 Origins of a Dream 27

3 How Debt Addiction Fed a Housing Crisis 39

4 Cul-de-Sac Nation: Symptoms of a Syndrome 55

5 The Spurbing of National Health 67

PART 2 Reinventing Home and Community 75

6 Toward Sustainable Dreams 77

7 Building Smarter 93

8 The Near Death of a Suburb 111

9 Reclaiming the Inner City 123

10 Sustainability and Development: Bridging the Gap 139

11 The Bill Comes Due: Which Places Will Prosper? 153

Epilogue: Cleaning Up, Moving On 171

Notes 175

Index 194

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John F. Wasik is a personal finance columnist for Reuters and the author of twelve other books including The Audacity of Help: Obama's Economic Plan and the Remaking of America. He has won eighteen awards for his writing, speaks all over North America, and has appeared on NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, FOX, CNN, Bloomberg TV/Radio, PBS, NPR, and radio stations from Australia to Boston.

For more information, visit www.culdesacsyndrome.com

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“Wasik’s focuses much of the blame on the ‘spurb,’ his term for automobile-dependent sprawling suburbs whose only connections to cities are multi-lane highways. He shows how the American dream of moving further from a city to buy a bigger house and find better schools was a costly proposition, which was an underlying cause of the crisis. For me, it was a totally new look at the American dream and its costs.”
—Larry Swedroe, moneywatch.com, February 2011
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