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The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome: Turning Around the Unsustainable American Dream


An incisive look at the consequences of today's costly and damaging suburban lifestyle

In The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome, Bloomberg News' John Wasik exposes the economic, cultural, environmental, and health problems underlying life in suburbia. Wasik provides powerful insights into how the U.S. suburban lifestyle has become unsustainable and what can be done to salvage it. His observations are firmly grounded in exclusive on-the-ground research, interviews with thought leaders, and the latest studies and statistics. The book

  • Exposes the untold truths about suburban home ownership: green isn't always so green, life isn't cheaper after accounting for gas, water, and taxes, and modern suburban living isn't so idyllic considering the toll it takes on our health
  • Includes exclusive research and analysis by experts in the field that debunks the many myths associated with suburban living
  • Explores innovative solutions being developed in cities across the country

The American Dream of moving further from a city to buy a bigger house and find better schools has become a costly nightmare. The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome examines why and what can be done.

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.