Preface xi Introduction: The Foundation Cracks 1 PART 1 A Dream Gone Bad 15 1 False Economics: American Dreamers in the Sunshine State 17 2 Origins of a Dream 27 3 How Debt Addiction Fed a Housing Crisis 39 4 Cul-de-Sac Nation: Symptoms of a Syndrome 55 5 The Spurbing of National Health 67 PART 2 Reinventing Home and Community 75 6 Toward Sustainable Dreams 77 7 Building Smarter 93 8 The Near Death of a Suburb 111 9 Reclaiming the Inner City 123 10 Sustainability and Development: Bridging the Gap 139 11 The Bill Comes Due: Which Places Will Prosper? 153 Epilogue: Cleaning Up, Moving On 171 Notes 175 Index 194
John Wasik is a financial columnist for Bloomberg News and the author of several books. His book The Merchant of Power was praised by Studs Terkel and well reviewed by the New York Times . Wasik has won more than fifteen journalism awards, including several from the National Press Club. He has appeared on such national media as NBC, NPR, and PBS. He lives in Chicago.