Better Places, Better Lives: A Biography of James Rouse by Joshua Olsen

By Joshua Olsen

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This is a good e-book, good geared up and written, giving a really complete account of the profession of financier-developer-builder-planner James Rouse. His occupation spanned the main adolescence of post-War American city coverage, and he was once enthusiastic about many of the significant projects that happened. whereas the writer doesn't try to delve deeply into what made Jim Rouse tick, he offers a radical account of a number of the projects he undertook, his causes for doing so, and the nice and undesirable effects that ensued.

Rouse's such a lot remarkable accomplishments, together with the hot neighborhood of Columbia, MD, and the competition marketplaces in Boston and Baltimore, by means of themselves warrant delivering an account of his existence. what's extraordinary is how even more he did, in either suburban and valuable urban environments. He additionally interacted with and infrequently partnered with the various different city visionaries over the last half the 20 th century.

I come clear of interpreting this publication with admiration for what Rouse comprehensive yet understanding of the bounds and results of his paintings. In a few respects, he established how one can do rather well the key new phenomena that emerged in American city lifestyles within the post-War interval, together with procuring facilities and suburban subdivisions, yet commonly the structure of those advancements used to be bland and so they ended up having a few of the related unfavourable consquences for American city existence that their much less profitable examples did. He additionally, to his credits, attempted to take on the destructive affects those suburban phenomena had for valuable urban lifestyles, understandably with combined good fortune, starting from significant demolition and clearance initiatives lower than city renewal, to local rehabilitation, to the competition marketplace.

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