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.
Introduction: The Foundation Cracks.
PART 1 A Dream Gone Bad.
1 False Economics: American Dreamers in the Sunshine State.
2 Origins of a Dream.
3 How Debt Addiction Fed a Housing Crisis.
4 Cul-de-Sac Nation: Symptoms of a Syndrome.
5 The Spurbing of National Health.
PART 2 Reinventing Home and Community.
6 Toward Sustainable Dreams.
7 Building Smarter.
8 The Near Death of a Suburb.
9 Reclaiming the Inner City.
10 Sustainability and Development: Bridging the Gap.
11 The Bill Comes Due: Which Places Will Prosper?
Epilogue: Cleaning Up, Moving On.