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Author Short, John R.

Title Alabaster cities : urban U.S. since 1950 / John Rennie Short
Edition First edition
Published Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 2006
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 293 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Space, place, and society
Space, place, and society.
Contents 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
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. 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-278) and index
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Subject City planning -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0815651856 (electronic bk.)
9780815651857 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)