The City Reader

The City Reader

Paperback Routledge Urban Readers (Paperback)

Edited by Richard T. Legates, Edited by Frederic Stout

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 632 pages
  • Dimensions: 189mm x 246mm x 32mm | 1,324g
  • Publication date: 30 June 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 041577084X
  • ISBN 13: 9780415770842
  • Edition: 4, Revised
  • Edition statement: 4th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 77 black & white illustrations, 4 black & white tables, 42 black & white halftones, 35 black & white line drawings
  • Sales rank: 272,416

Product description

The fourth edition of the highly successful "The City Reader" brings together the very best of publications on the city. It includes classic writings by such authors as Lewis Mumford, Ernest W. Burgess, LeCorbusier, Lewis Wirth, Jane Jacobs, and Kevin Lynch meet the best contemporary writings of, among others, Sir Peter Hall, Richard Florida, Mike Davis, Michael Porter, Robert Putnam, Andrus Duany, Saskia Sassen, and Manuel Castells. New to the fourth edition are important classic writings on urban economics by Wilbur Thomson and on bosses and machines by James Bryce, Jane Addams, and William L. Riordan and new contemporary material on sustainable urban development, the creative class, metro politics, Occidentalism, Asian mega cities, and urban futurism by The Bruntland Commission, Richard Florida, Myron Orfield, Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit, Aprodicio Laquian, and Joel Kotkin. Fifty-seven generous selections are included: a combination of forty-six readings from the third edition and eleven entirely new selections. Structured to aid student understanding, the anthology features main and part introductions, as well as individual introductions to the selected articles. Each selection is introduced with a brief intellectual biography and a review of the author's writings and related literature, an explanation of how the piece fits into the broader context of urban history and practice, competing ideological perspectives on the city, and the major current debates concerning race and gender, globalization, terrorism, the impact of information technology on cities, civic engagement, and postmodernism. "The City Reader" provides the comprehensive mapping of the terrain of Urban Studies, old and new. It is illustrated with over forty photographs and is essential reading for anyone interested in the city.

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Richard LeGates is Professor of Urban Studies at San Francisco State University. Frederic Stout is Lecturer in Urban Studies at Stanford University.

Table of contents

Part 1: The Evolution of Cities Introduction: The Urbanization of the Human Population Kingsley Davis The Urban Revolution V. Gordon Childe The Polis H.D.F. Kitto First-Person Accounts of Great Cities of the Medieval and Early Modern World Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta On Constantinople Bernal Diaz On Tenochtitlan Albrect Durer On Antwerp "The Great Towns" Friedrich Engels "The Drive-in Culture of Contemporary America" Kenneth T. Jackson "Beyond Suburbia: The Rise of the Technoburb" Robert Fishman Plate Section: The Evolution of Cities Part 2: Urban Culture and Society Introduction "What is a City?" Lewis Mumford "Urbanism as a Way of Life" Louis Wirth "The Use of Sidewalks: Safety" Jane Jacobs "The Negro Problems of Philadelphia," "The Question of Earning a Living" and "Color Prejudice" W.E.B. Du Bois "From Institutional to Jobless Ghettos" William Julius Wilson "Bowling Alone" Robert D. Putnam "The Creative Class" Richard Florida "The Occidental City" Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit "Visions of a New Reality: The City and the Emergence of Modern Visual Culture" Frederic Stout Plate Section: Visions of a New Reality Part 3: Urban Space Introduction: "The Growth of the City" Ernest W. Burgess "Social Exclusion and Space" Ali Madanipour "Taking Los Angeles Apart" Edward Soja "Fortress L.A." Mike Davis "The Almost Perfect Town" J.B. Jackson "The Neighborhood, the District, and the Corridor Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk "The Impact of New Technologies and Globalization on Cities" Saskia Sassen Part 4: Urban Politics, Governance, and Economics Introduction: First-person Accounts of 19th Century Political Bosses and Machines James Bryce "How the Machine Works" and "Rings and Bosses" George Washington Plunkitt "How to Become a Statesman" and "To Hold Your District - Study Human Nature and Act Accordin' " Jane Addams "Why the Ward Boss Rules" and "Contested Cities: Social Processes and Spatial Form" David Harvey "A Ladder of Citizen Participation" Sherry Arnstein "The Need for a New Vision for the Development of Large U.S. Metropolitan Areas" Anthony Downs "Broken Windows" James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling "The City as Distorted Price System" Wilbur Thompson "The Competitive Advantage of the Inner City" Michael Porter "Fiscal Equity" Myron Orfield Plate Section: Social and Symbolic Uses of Urban Space Part 5: Urban Planning History and Visions Introduction: "Public Parks and the Enlargement of Towns" Frederick Law Olmsted "Author's Introduction" and "The Town-Country Magnet" Ebenezer Howard "A Contemporary City" Le Corbusier "Broadacre City: A New Community Plan" Frank Lloyd Wright "Towards Sustainable Development" World Commission on Environment & Development "Designing the Region" and "Designing the Region is Designing the Neighborhood" Peter Calthorpe and William Fulton Part 6: Urban Planning Theory and Practice Introduction: "The City of Theory" Peter Hall "Twentieth-Century Land Use Planning" Edward J. Kaiser and David Godschalk "Planning in the Face of Conflict" John Forester "Advocacy and Pluralism in Planning" Paul Davidoff "Planning for Sustainability in European Cities" Timothy Beatley Plate Section: Urban Planning Part 7: Perspectives on Urban Design "Author's Introduction," "The Relationship Between Buildings, Monuments, and Public Squares," and "The Enclosed Character of the Public Square" Camillo Sitte "The City Image and Its Elements" Kevin Lynch "The Design of Spaces" William H. Whyte "Toward an Urban Design Manifesto" Allan Jacobs and Donald Appleyard Part 8: The Future of the City Introduction: "The Post-City Age" Melvin Webber "European Cities, the Informational Age, and the Global Economy" Manuel Castells "The Emergence of Mega-Urban Regions in Asia" Aprodicio A. Laquian "Planning Sustainable and Livable Cities" Stephen Wheeler "The Teleserviced City" William J. Mitchell "The Urban Future" Joel Kotkin Epilogue "Urban Studies and Planning" Richard T. LeGates