Geography of Nowhere - GeographyofNowhere 18:13...

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Geography of Nowhere 18:13 Chapter 8: How to Mess Up a Town 1. Saratoga Springs (NY) Qualities of  small town Commercial life concentrated on 1 street (Broadway) Until recently, town had a palpable edge at which development ended and true open  countryside began Write BLOG on this. What constituted the changes of the values of small town.  Why is it becoming more urbanized? 2. 1920: Prohibition Act   organized crime associated with cars  3. 1960s: anything new built (malls, fast-food joints) tended to disrupt the existing town  pattern combined with aggressive, federally funded “urban renewal” program (is it govt’s fault) 4. a great deal of new stuff was built, almost all of it inimical to the town’s essential  character (then it’s superficially based)  5. “edge of town, that transitional zone where real countryside begins, was erased in a  frenzy of condo building” (135) 6. “Saratoga, like virtually every other town in America, has become one big automobile  storage depot that incidentally contains other things” (135) buildings themselves hardly matter 7. zoning laws   business has to occupy a lot of at least one quarter acre which makes  for a lot of dead space between business establishments  (more of govt.’s actions)  8. Empty parking lots are the most commin little dead noplaces of the postwar  streetscape. Great big noplaces are made up of many little noplaces. 9. not appealing to pedestrians and oppressive to look at  law assumes that cars are more important than people 10. local property owners are told what they were  not  allowed to do [138] 11.  Unwillingness to think about the public realm of the street is any other terms  beside traffic, shows how little value Americans confer on the public realm in  general. [138]
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12. “rainbow brick” 3-story structure designed to simulate the bold of antiquity. 
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