Tacoma Urbanist

Mar. 12, 2008 at 12:02am

Prepare For Kunstler's Tacoma Event on 4/23: Book #1

Tacoma has a mere 6 weeks to prepare for James Kunstler's presentation downtown (on April 23rd at 7:00).



Kunstler's lecture at TED is pretty good.  Kunstler will most likely give a rousing presentation in Tacoma.   Hopefully, a talk crafted specifically for our city. 

I know a lot of people are already planning on going.  To really get something out if it, I would recommend Kunstler first book The Geography of Nowhere.


Amazon has one for $4.00.  Considering buying one and loaning it to a friend.  Its Kunstler's seminal book.

Here is the review:

From Publishers Weekly

In this inconsistent but provocative analysis, Kunstler ( Blood Solstice ), a novelist and journalist, mixes memoir, historical essay and reporting to condemn the car-dependent suburbanization of America. Kunstler, who writes ably, casts a very wide net: he finds the roots of American individualism in pre-colonial property ownership, decries the abstracting influence of modernism on city architecture and slams road-builder Robert Moses to support his contention that suburbia is a social environment without soul.

He offers an intriguing history of the decline of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., his hometown, describes trips to failing Detroit and well-planned Portland, Ore., and dissects "capitals of unreality" like Disney World and Atlantic City. His worthy but sketchily described solutions--a sustainable economy, better neighborhood development and preservation of the countryside--could, however, each merit a book.


 See also: Kunstler lecture at TED Conference:

 

Kunstler in End of Suburbia:

 

Here's another good lecture where he goes through and skewers a variety of badly designed buildings.



For more information, see:

http://www.golocaltacoma.com/locallife.htm


and

http://i.feedtacoma.com/Erik/how-kunstler-event-can-help/#comments

I have not heard that tickets are available yet.  Keep your ears open.


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Comments

by Joseph Montes on 3/12/2008 @ 9:32am
Hi, I'd like to send you a press release about up an upcoming Tacoma event. Could you please send your email to joseph dot montes at gmail dot com?

by Erik on 3/12/2008 @ 10:53am
Hi, I'd like to send you a press release about up an upcoming Tacoma event. Could you please send your email to joseph dot montes at gmail dot com?

Joseph,

Thanks for the post and interest. I would suggest simply adding it to the Feed Tacoma Calendar here:

www.feedtacoma.com/events/

You can also quickly get your own Feed Tacoma blog here

www.feedtacoma.com/about.php

to announce your event.