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Place and Prosperity


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Table of Contents
Foreword by Rick Cole
Part 1: Place
1. The Making of an Urbanist
2. The Thinning Metropolis
3. The Garden Suburb and the New Urbanism
4. The Autocratic Citizen of Philadelphia
5. Having No Car but Plenty of Cars
6. Tom Hayden’s Cars
7. Talk City
8. Why I’m Scared to Walk in Houston
9. My Favorite Street
Part 2: Prosperity
10. Romancing the Smokestack
11. Company Town
12. The Case for Subsidizing the Mermaid Bar
13. Kotkin v. Florida
14. Houston, We Have a Gentrification Problem
Part 3: Promised Land
15. The Long Drive
16. The California Attitude
17. The Not-So-Reluctant Metropolis
18. Living the 2% Life
19. My L.A.
Conclusion: On the Morning after COVID

About the Author

William Fulton is the author or co-author of seven books, including The Regional City with Peter Calthorpe (Island Press) and The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles, which was an L.A. Times best-seller and is still in print (Johns Hopkins University Press) after more than 20 years. Over the past four decades, he has established himself as one of America's major thought leaders on cities and urban affairs, having written hundreds of articles and given dozens of keynote speeches around the country. Currently the Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, he is a former Mayor of Ventura, California, and Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of San Diego.


"Place and Prosperity is a thought-provoking resource for practicing planners and academics alike. Fulton utilizes experiences throughout his career and life and relates them to development trends in various cities throughout the U.S. The book contains innovative suggestions ranging from making cities less reliant on personal automobiles to introducing middle housing into suburban commercial and office centers."
-- "Journal of Urban Affairs"

"Place and Prosperity reminds me of Bill Fulton himself: straight-forward and interestingly nuanced, deeply insightful and provocatively contrarian, sometimes skeptical and always hopeful. Fulton's gift is that he understands people and therefore understands cities. He connects the quest for prosperity, peace, and freedom in our society to the quality of life in our urban places. This book is actually a chronicle of his life envisioning livable communities in order to create better chances in life for everyone."--Henry Cisneros, former Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and former mayor of San Antonio, Texas

"This book is both Fulton's Bildungsroman--tracing the arc of his intellectual development--and the chronicle of the great urban comeback of America's cities. Fulton is the only urban thinker of our time who combines the sharp eye of a journalist, the objective rigor of an academic, and the practical experience of a leader."--Rick Cole, Executive Director of the Congress for the New Urbanism and former Mayor of Pasadena, California

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