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America's Suburban Centers

The Land Use-Transportation Link, 1st Edition

By Robert Cervero


246 pages

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Originally published in 1989, America’s Suburban Centers looks at how America’s suburban workplaces are being increasingly designed for automobiles rather than people. The emergence of sprawling office complexes devoid of housing, shops and other facilities is giving rise to regional congestion problems because of the ever-greater dependence on automobiles. This book argues that the low-density, single-use, and non-integrated character of America’s suburban centers is a root cause of declining levels of mobility and worsening traffic congestion.

Table of Contents



List of Tables

List of Figures

1. Introduction: Suburban Office Growth and Congestion

2. Probing the Suburban Land Use-Transportation Link: Definitions and Research Methodology

3. Land Use, Employment, and Transportation Characteristics of America’s SECs

4. Classifying Suburban Employment Centers

5. Comparison of Land Use and Transportation Characteristics Among SECs Groups

6. Land Use and Work Site Factors Influencing Commuting Choices in SECs

7. Case Studies of Land-Use Transportation Issues in SECs in Greater Seattle, Chicago and Houston

8. Linking Land Use and Transportation in SECs

Appendix 1: National Survey on Land Use and Travel Characteristics of Major Suburban Employment Centers

Appendix 2: Cluster Analysis Summary



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Routledge Library Editions: Urban Planning

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1970 and 1998, draw together research by leading academics in the area of urban planning, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volumes examine teaching, urban markets, planning, transport planning, poverty, politics, forecasting techniques and an examination of the inner city in Europe and the US, whilst also exploring the general principles and practices of planning. This set will be of particular interest to students of sociology, geography, planning and urbanization respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography