Better Places, Better Lives: A Biography of James Rouse
James Rouse, Joshua OlsenISBN: 0874209196;
Taking a closer look at James Rouse, a key figure in urban planning who had a profound influence on American developments, this biography explores the full scope of his life, work, and vision. Better Places, Better Lives details Rouse's transformation from a 22-year-old upstart with an innovative plan to facilitate Baltimore's residential mortgages into a master planner and city builder celebrated on the cover of Time magazine. This biography explores how the migration from city to suburb created a demand for community gathering places and how Rouse met that need by building the first enclosed mall. His vision of planned communities, his conception and creation of the festival marketplace, and his later campaign for affordable housing are examined. Rouse is shown as a leading force in new concepts and building types that affected a wide range of people, from city dwellers and suburbanites to young professionals and tourists. This is a story about the processes, the...
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