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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.|
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|Table of Content||CONTENTS PART ONE Prologue 1. The Developer 2. Seaside 3. Epiphanies 4. Last Harvest 5. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Real Estate 6. Joe's Deal 7. On the Bus 8. Meetings 9. Scatteration 10. More Meetings PART TWO 11. Drop by Drop 12. On the Way to Exurbia 13. Design Matters 14. Locked In 15. House and Home 16. Generic Traditional 17. The Dream 18. Builders19. A Compromise PART THREE 20. Trade-offs 21. Mike and Mike 22. Ranchers, Picture Windows, and Morning Rooms 23. Pushing Dirt 24. The Market Rules 25. Bumps in the Road 26. Hard Sell 27. Competition 28. The Spreadsheet Buyers 29. Moving Day POSTSCRIPT A NEW AFTERWORD Acknowledgments Notes Index|
|Number of Pages||336 Pages|
|Reviews||"Understanding the business of real estate requires an appreciation of its many aesthetic, economic, historical, physical, political, psychological, structural, and countless other aspects, and Last Harvest is a primer on them all."- Henry Petroski, author of Successess through Failure: The Paradox of Design, "Rybczynski has written about the world of American architecture with a simple, rare clarity."- Annie Dawid,The Oregonian, "Nowhere do pretty hypotheses get blast-tested by the facts as in the work of Witold Rybczynski. He is not the kind of scholar who looks at perfectly functional realities and asks whether they can possibly work in theory. Instead, in Last Harvest Rybczynski is our engaging and authentic guide, immersing us in a fascinating narrative of how real people live, work, play -- and build. Last Harvest is The Soul of a New Machine for the new urbanism." -- Joel Garreau, author of Edge City: Life on the New Frontier, "Entertaining and Frequently Enlightening."- Penelope Green,The NY Times Book Review, "Compelling...wonderfully readable...Last Harvestexplains why America looks the way it does."-The Wall Street Journal, "The master has done it again. His best book ever. It is a must-read for anyone interested in urban development. This seemingly simple example sheds light on suburban development and, in the process, why affordable housing is disappearing."-- Dr. Peter Linneman, Albert Sussman Professor of Real Estate and Professor of Finance and Business Public Policy, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, "A rich history of U.S. development, from the Founding Fathers to the dreamers who conceived the first automobile suburbs in the early part of the last century and on to today's foot soldiers in the movement called New Urbanism." -BusinessessWeek, "Rybczynski has a prose style so well designed, even dry bits of design history are as absorbing as a down-filled sofa." - David Colman, The New York Times, "Terrific...Steeped in Historical Knowledge." -USA Today, "Rybczynski is a graceful, personable writer whose considerable erudition is in service to his storyteller's curiosity."- Lloyd Rose,The Washington Post, "From the initial planning to the home construction to the selling of properties, the five-year project was a challenge for everyone involved, and the author was there every step of the way. Woven into his story are reflections on how American architectural tastes have changed throughout history and how we balance our individuality with [the] need for community."- Jennifer Caesar, New York Post, "Rybczynski provides historical and cultural perspectives in a style reminiscent of Malcolm Gladwell, debunking the myth of urban sprawl and explaining American homeowners' preference for single-family dwellings." - Publishers Weekly, "Maybe you like the way America is being built, maybe you don't, but either way you will not find a more absorbing or patient look at the real real estate process than this elegant time-lapse portrait of a neighborhood-to-be. Witold Rybczynski is the poet laureate of what you haven't noticed that's probably right in front of you." -- Robert Sullivan, author of Cross Country: Fifteen Years and 90,000 Miles on the Roads and Interstates of America|
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