The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome: Turning Around the Unsustainable American Dream
John F. Wasik
August 15, 2009
An incisive look at the consequences of todays costly and damaging suburban lifestyle, this new book exposes the economic, cultural, environmental, and health problems underlying life in suburbia. John Wasik provides powerful insights into how the U.S. suburban lifestyle became unsustainable and what can be done to salvage it. Wasiks observations are firmly grounded in exclusive on-the-ground research, interviews with thought leaders, and the latest studies and statistics. He exposes the untold truths about home ownership: green isnt always so green, life isnt cheaper after accounting for gas, water, and taxes, and modern suburban living isnt so idyllic considering the toll it takes on our health. Wasiks trenchant analysis adds a new dimension to a popular topic, with exclusive research and analysis that debunks the many myths of suburban living, while exploring innovative solutions being developed in cities and suburbs across the country.
John Wasik is a personal finance columnist for Bloomberg News and the author of several books. His most recent book, The Merchant of Power, was praised by Studs Terkel and well reviewed by the New York Times. Wasik has won more than fifteen awards for consumer journalism including the 2008 Lisagor Award and several from the National Press Club. He has appeared on such national media as NBC, NPR, and PBS. He lives in Chicago.