virginia postrel writes about the 'substance of style'. she seems to be more of a historian than a designer or stylist.
so, in case you are interested in the history of design and the architectural design in some american cities, please do read this book. otherwise, ...
i, personally, do not like the book, because i miss the substance. i miss the relevance for our presence and, even worse, our future.
so, why this book?
i don´t know. she does not seem to know, either.