Review of Emily Talen's book online
My review of Emily Talen's book City Rules is now online. To briefly summarize the book: in addition to explaining how land use and street design regulations promote sprawl, Talen shows how those regulations have become stricter over time. In addition to addressing oft-discussed issues like single-use zoning, Talen discusses issues like curb radii (the measurement of the edge of a block). Pre-automobile streets have small curb radii, which means that streets end at right angles and cars have to slow down to make right turns. By contrast, many sprawling suburbs have 30-50 foot curb radii, which shave space from sidewalks and make speeding easier.
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