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Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism

September 15th, 2014

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By Mike Governale

On Monday, September 29, Reconnect Rochester will host a discussion with author and transit advocate Benjamin Ross. Mr. Ross will be at the Public Library on Monroe Ave. at 6:30 p.m. to talk about his new book, Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism.

Ross was the head of Maryland’s Action Committee for Transit external link during much of its long fight to build a light rail line outside Washington, D.C. After a 25-year battle, the Purple Line will begin construction next year…

In Dead End external link he traces how the ideal of a safe, green, orderly retreat for the middle class mutated into the McMansion- and strip mall-ridden suburbs of today. And he explores the historical, sociological and economic roots of suburban sprawl.

Parris Glendening, President of Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute, and former Governor of Maryland said, “Ben Ross paints the big picture of the battle between sprawl and community from the historic perspective, to the current conflicts to a vision of better land use process. Always focused on the human perspective with subjects as diverse as Jane Jacobs and Pete Seeger to Snob Zoning and Agenda 21, Dead End is an exciting, easy read.”

This is a FREE event. Arrive a few minutes early for a chance to WIN THE BOOK! Books will also be for sale at the event (cash, check, and credit cards accepted).

Afterwards, follow us across the street to Aladdin’s for more conversation with Ross, and enjoy some free munchies courtesy of Reconnect Rochester external link.

Join the event on Facebook external link and bring a friend or two. I hope to see you there!

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WHERE: Public Library, Monroe Branch external link
WHEN: Monday (9/29) 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
WHAT: Author Benjamin Ross will discuss his new book, Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism external link

The Monroe Library (809 Monroe Ave external link) is accessible via RTS Monroe Ave #7 bus and a short walk from Park Ave #1 or #17. Overflow parking is available at Blessed Sacrament Church, corner of Monroe and Rutgers.

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