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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv

Table of Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Foreword

Ed Glaeser

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pp. vii-x

...the older centers. America’s growing exurbs are full of both homes and jobs, as firms followed people to exurbs built around highways. While this statistical portrait is accurate, it is also dry and incomplete. It tells us nothing about the political conditions that made the Sunbelt such a center for new construction. It tells us little about...

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Preface

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pp. xi-xvi

...dwellers and made our livings studying and writing about central cities. After coming to work for the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech, located in Old Town Alexandria, we each moved to Fairfax County, Virginia, and our appreciation...

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Chapter 1: Legoland

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pp. 1-21

...House, and the Capitol. It even has a miniature Georgetown and a working model of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. Other places in Miniland include the French Quarter of New Orleans, a New England fishing village, and Manhattan. The miniature of California is a hodgepodge of scenes, from an Orange County surfing town to Chinatown...

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Chapter 2: From Settlements to Super Suburbs

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pp. 22-54

...twentieth century, but none of them qualifies as a boomburb. For example, Newark, New Jersey, Alexandria, Virginia, and Long Beach, California, are big enough to be boomburbs, but they have grown too slowly in recent years to qualify. Even most late-starting industrial satellites, such as Gary, Indiana (built by the U.S. Steel Corporation...

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Chapter 3: Who Lives in the Boomburbs?

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pp. 55-74

...The proportion of foreign-born persons reached 11.1 percent, the highest level since 1930. This surge of immigration is changing how communities plan and develop, especially since slightly more than half of all of immigrants who arrived in metropolitan...

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Chapter 4: The Business of Boomburbs

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pp. 75-93

...buildings pop up behind him again and again. Wolfe’s fictional story centers on an Atlanta developer. But had he based his book in, say, Dallas, his famous line about the sameness of suburbia might read, “The way that you know you have entered a boomburb such as Arlington, Texas, is that the franchises start repeating themselves...

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Chapter 5: Big Skies, Small Lots: Boomburb Housing and Master-Planned Development

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pp. 94-120

...residential clusters. Some open-space relief is afforded these places by common amenities such as parks, pools, and nature trails. But the bottom line is that many boomburbs seem crowded. This chapter explores the housing and community development world of boomburbs. It highlights some surprising patterns of growth, including a wide...

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Chapter 6: The Small Town Politics of Big Cities

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pp. 121-143

...elements of a big city economy are typically there but arrayed in a pattern that few would recognize as urban. The same accidental imagery applies to boomburb government—they are big cities yet are run in many ways as small towns. Chapter 6 shows that this big city–small town governance split is both a strength and...

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Chapter 7: Boomburbs at Buildout

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pp. 144-161

...competition with their exurbs, facing neighborhood disinvestment, demographic shifts, and limited growth options. These former bedroom communities now have big-city needs that they must balance with a suburban environment based on low-density, single-use subdivisions...

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Chapter 8: Emerging Urban Realms and the Boomburbs of 2030

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pp. 162-174

...multiple subregions. Development in some of these urban realms is just taking off. These emerging metropolitan spaces serve as boomburb incubators. Regions often have both built-out urban realms and barely built ones. The following section looks at the future of boomburbs in different types of urban realm and finds that the fate of...

Notes

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pp. 175-198

Index

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pp. 199-212

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The Brookings Institution

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pp. 213-214

...education, and publication on important issues of domestic and foreign policy. Its principal purpose is to bring the highest quality independent research and analysis to bear on current and emerging policy problems. The Institution was founded on December 8, 1927, to merge the activities of the Institute...

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