Skip to content
CityLab
Design

Return to Edge City

It was one of the most talked-about urbanist books, and ideas, a generation ago. What ever happened to Joel Garreau’s concept of the “edge city”?
relates to Return to Edge City
Madison McVeigh/CityLab

Dan Cowhey knows his community is changing, and he thinks he knows how to stop it. The 30-something activist in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, is organizing opposition to a proposal to build a light-rail line between the suburb and Philadelphia, some 10 miles away.

The rail line would be a boon for the city workers who currently rely on an overcrowded bus to get to their jobs at one of America’s largest malls. But Cowhey and other critics say it is an expensive boondoggle that would disrupt their quality of life.