Geography of Nowhere

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Geography of Nowhere

The Rise and Declineof America's Man-Made Landscape

By James Kunstler

Free Press, Paperback, 9780671888251, 304pp.

Publication Date: July 26, 1994

"The Geography of Nowhere" traces America's evolution from a nation of Main Streets and coherent communities to a land where every place is like no place in particular, where the cities are dead zones and the countryside is a wasteland of cartoon architecture and parking lots.
In elegant and often hilarious prose, Kunstler depicts our nation's evolution from the Pilgrim settlements to the modern auto suburb in all its ghastliness. "The Geography of Nowhere" tallies up the huge economic, social, and spiritual costs that America is paying for its car-crazed lifestyle. It is also a wake-up call for citizens to reinvent the places where we live and work, to build communities that are once again worthy of our affection. Kunstler proposes that by reviving civic art and civic life, we will rediscover public virtue and a new vision of the common good. ""The future will require us to build better places,"" Kunstler says, ""or the future will belong to other people in other societies.

About the Author
James McCommons has been a journalist for more than twenty five years and published hundreds of articles in magazines and major newspapers. A former senior editor at "Organic Gardening" magazine, he specializes in ecology and travel writing. He grew up in a railroad family and has spent thirty five years riding trains in America. He currently teaches journalism and nature writing at Northern Michigan University and lives in Marquette, Michigan.

Praise For Geography of Nowhere

Robert Taylor
Boston Globe

A wonderfully entertaining useful and provocative account of the American environment by the auto, suburban developers, purblind zoning and corporate pirates.

Bill McKibben
author of The End of Nature

A Funny, Angry, Colossally Important Tour of Our Built Landscape, Our Human Ecology.

The New Yorker

A serious attempt to point out ways future builders can avoid the errors that have marred the American landscape.

James G. Garrison
The Christian Science Monitor

Contributes to a discussion our society must hold if we are to shape our world as it continues to change at a dizzying pace.

Michiko Kakutani
The New York Times

Provocative and entertaining.