Last Harvest

Last Harvest

How A Cornfield Became New Daleville : Real Estate Development in America From George Washington to the Builders of the Twenty-first Century, and Why We Live in Houses Anyway

Book - 2007
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The bestselling author of Home and A Clearing in the Distance tells the compelling story of the transformation of a Pennsylvania cornfield into a RneotraditionalS housing development--taking the reader on a revelatory inside tour of real estate in America.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2007.
ISBN: 9780743235969
Branch Call Number: 307.76 Rybczyns 05/2007
Characteristics: x, 309 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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Nov 04, 2011

If you would like to get some insights into how a subdivision is developed, without delving into a lot of technical planning jargon, this is a good book for you. Last Harvest chronicles a "greenfield" development in a rural area west of Philadelphia, PA. There is no question that this development is urban "sprawl". But it explores a new approach, of building a more compact village rather than the large acre estates that are the norm around US cities. Witold Rybczynski provides his first-hand experience, and some amusing anecdotes, to inform the reader of the at times tedious and frustrating road to getting a new development approved and built, and the additional challenges of a non-traditional approach.


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