A New Vision for Understanding America's Metropolitan Geography
America is the land of wide open spaces. Or is it? Explore how the rise of megapolitan areas is changing the way we live.
Published by APA Planners Press, 2011
Format: Hardcover, 312 pp.
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In popular imagination, America is the land of wide open spaces. But in reality, much of it is more densely populated than Europe. Two-thirds of the U.S. population lives on less than 20 percent of the privately owned land, clustered in 20-some megapolitan areas — networks of metropolitan centers fused by common economic, physical, social, and cultural traits.
Megapolitan America draws on detailed data to map out the dramatic — and surprisingly positive — shifts ahead. Backed by hard numbers, Nelson and Lang argue for long-range planning that sheds outdated images and stokes the nation's economic engines. This is required reading for everyone who cares about America's future.