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Alabaster cities : urban U.S. since 1950 / John Rennie Short.


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Short, John R.
Publication date:
1st ed. - Syracuse, NY : Syracuse University Press, 2006.
  • Book
  • xvi, 293 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-278) and index.
  • The rise of metropolitan America
  • Urban renewal: "we must start all over again from the ground up"
  • Stimulating suburbs, starving cities: "i should prefer to see the ash heaps"
  • Robert Moses versus Jane Jacobs: "hack your way with a meat ax"
  • Downtown: "the heart that pumps the blood of commerce"
  • Creating a suburban society: "a landscape of scary places"
  • New suburban realities: "trouble in paradise"
  • Metropolitan fragmentation: "obsolescent structure of urban government"
  • Urban economies: "all that is solid melts into air"
  • Race and ethnicity: "e pluribus unum"
  • Housing and the city: "shaky palaces"
  • Politics and the city: "informal arrangements, .formal workings"
  • Reimagining the city: "place wars"
  • Civic engagement in the city: "civic spirit"
  • Emerging trends.
Publisher's Summary:
With keen insight and exhaustive research John Rennie Short narrates the story of urban America from 1950 to the present, revealing a compelling portrait of urban transformation. John Rennie Short chronicles the steady rise of urbanization, the increasing suburbanization, and the sweeping metropolitanization of the U.S., uncovering the forces behind these shifts and their consequences for American communities. Drawing on numerous studies, first-hand anecdotes, census figures, and other statistical data, Rennie's work addresses the globalization of U.S. cities, the increased polarization of urban life in the U.S., the role of civic engagement, and the huge role played by the public sector in shaping the character of cities. With deft analysis, the author weaves together the themes of urban renewal, suburbanization and metropolitan fragmentation, race and ethnicity, and immigration, presenting a fascinating and highly readable account of the U.S. in the second half of the twentieth century.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
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