"Carfree Cities" New book just out
- I am just about to review a book:
J.H.Crawford (2000) Carfree Cities (International Books:Utrecht) ISBN 90
5727 037 4
Publisher: International Books <I-books@...>
Alexander Numankade 17, 3572 KP Utrecht, The Netherlands
Fax: 00 31 30 273 3614
Joel Crawford <http://www.carfree.com/>
I know the people Im circulating this to would like to know about it and
had perhaps heard about some of its initial publishing politics. It is an
academic think book with much practical within its well illustrated and
diagrammed 300+ pages. I got a cherished copy for review copy but have also
invested in my own copy from Amazon.co for just £19 (UKP).
Its a ground breaker on ground already being well cultivated. Far more than
a polemic despite its seductive flow and writing style - it has gravitas
and intelligence with a portfolio of academic reference whilst being
accessible and unpatronising at the same time.
This is hardly surprising because Joel Crawford, among other things, has
long been editing a much visited website and paper which draws on and has
benefited from a global discourse on the redesign of a the urban fabric in
ways that bring hope and vision for the future of cities.
"Carfree Cities" looks to the future; respects the past without being bound
to it by selective recollections; notes examples of cities where the
benefits of carfree public spaces are already present, enhancing local
economies and social interaction. I would be grateful for comments from
others who have read early editions of the book for my review.
Carfree Cities like many other texts offers many reminders of how much
public space has been lost in the last half-century because of over reliance
on the conditional liberties offered by reliance on the car, but it goes on
from there to offer a plethora of practical solutions and advice on the kind
of holistic approach to government and partnerships with stakeholders that
make creating cities for the 21st century both an inspiring dream that can
focus the enthusiasm and the energy of citizens, politicians and
professionals and an urgent reality.
Inlogov, School of Public Policy
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT
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