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The Boulevard Book is an excellent follow-up to Alan Jacobs' Great Streets -- it has the same precision in its measured sectional drawings and plans, but adds much more history to situate the type in time and place. Multi-way boulevards are an important tool for cities having to accomodate both pedestrian activity and high levels of traffic. This will be the classic text on this complex and capacious street typology. -- David Grahame Shane, Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning, Columbia University The authors tackle America's most disfunctional roadways -- the commercial strips that slash their way through our cities and suburbs. They show how the boulevards of the past successfully reconciled traffic flows, parking, deliveries, pedestrians, and commercial frontages, and can serve as a model for reconstructing urban arteries. The Boulevard Book is a volume that all planners, urban designers, and lovers of cities should have at their fingertips. -- Gary Hack, Dean, Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania This is an important book that even people who are not directly connected with street design should read carefully. It teaches an important lesson about the fallacy of superficial assumptions by traffic engineers about the nature and quality of a good street. The Boulevard Book also offers an important discussion of the effort to reintroduce in current civic urban design an element of beauty in the form of a boulevard. In their different forms, boulevards provide solutions for greening cities, create pleasant and livable spaces, and contribute to the creation of sustainable cities. We badly need the kinds of suggestions found in this book. -- Paolo Ceccarelli, Professor of Urban Analysis and Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, University of Ferrara

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Allan B. Jacobs is Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. Elizabeth Macdonald is Assistant Professor in Urban Design at the University of California, Berkeley. Yodan Rofe is Head of the City Planning Section in the Chief Architects Office of the Ministry of Construction and Housing in Jerusalem.


The majestic, vital streets of European cities and world capitals are most often their grandest and largest in scale, like the Champs Elysaes. The Boulevard Book: History, Evolution, Design of Multi-Way Boulevards celebrates these thoroughfares, created in the 19th century and currently out of favor because of safety concerns and the devotion to vehicles-only roads. Yet urban studies professors Allan B. Jacobs and Elizabeth Macdonald, along with Jerusalem planner Yodan Rofe, argue that boulevards could play an important role in revitalizing blight by getting people back in the same places as other traffic. Barcelona's Passeig de Gracia, Brooklyn's Eastern Parkway, C.G. Road in Ahmedabad, India, and even the Esplanade in Chico, Calif., serve as important examples among the 200 b&w illustrations. ( Dec.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

The immense amount of research, together with the authors' enthusiasm...makes The Boulevard Book an authoritative text. -Ari Anderson, Landscape Australia

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