The City Reader

The City Reader

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This second edition of "The City Reader" brings together writing on the city. Each piece is introduced with a brief intellectual biography and a review of the authors' writings and related literature, and 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, global restructuring, sustainable urban development, and the impact of technology and postmodernism.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 632 pages
  • 191 x 248 x 41mm | 454g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 5 Tables, black and white
  • 0415190703
  • 9780415190701

Table of contents

Prologue: "The Urbanization of the Human Population" from Scientific American Kingsley Davis 1965; 1. The Evolution of Cities "The Urban Revolution" from Town Planning Review Gordon V. Childe 1950 "The Polis" from The Greeks H.D.F Kitto 1951 "Cities and European Civilisation" from Medieval Cities Henri Pirenne 1925 "The Great Towns" from The Condition of the Working Class in England FriedrichEnglels 1845 "The Negro Problems of Philadelphia", "The Question of Earning a Living" and "Color Prejudice" from The Philadelphia Negro W.E.B du Bois 1899 "Levittown and America" from The Levittowners Herbert Gans 1965 "The Megalopolis: 1920" from The Urban Wilderness Sam Bass Jr Warner 1972 "Beyond Surburbia: The Rise of the Technoburb" from Bourgeois Utopias Robert Fishman 1987 ; 2. Urban Culture and Society "What is a City" from Architectural Record Lewis Mumford 1937 "Urbanism as a Way of Life" American Journal of Sociology Louis Wirth 1938 "The Uses of Sidewalks:Safety" from The Death and Life of Great American Cities Jane Jacobs 1961 "From Institutional To Jobless Ghettos" from When Work Disappears William Julius Wilson 1996 "Whose Culture? Whose City?" from The Cultures of Cities Sharon Zukin 1995 "Visions of a New Reality: The City and The Emergence of Modern Visual Culture" Frederic Stout 3. Urban Space "Growth of the City " from The City Ernest Burgess "The Almost Perfect Town from Landscape J B Jackson "The New Downtown" from City Life: Urban Expectations in a New World Witold Rybczynski 1995 "Taking Los Angeles Apart: Towards a Postmodern Geography from Postmodern Geographies Edward Soja 1989 "Fortress LA from City of Quartz Mike Davis "Social Justice, Postmodernism and The City" from International Journal or Urban and Regional Research David Harvey 1992 "A New Geography of Centers and Margins: Summary and Implications" from Cities in a Global Society Saskia Sassen "4. Urban Politics, Governance and Economics "How to Study Urban Political Power" from Phoenix From The Ashes John Mollenkopf 1992 "Post-Fordist City Politics" from Post Fordism Margit Mayer 1994 "A Ladder of Citizen Participation" American Planning Association Journal Sherry Arnstein "Breaking Windows" Atlantic Monthly James Q Wilson and George L Kelling 1989 "Cities and Uneven Economic Development" from Urban Sociology, Capitalism and Modernity Mike Savage and Alan Ward "The Competitive Advantage of the Inner City" Harvard Business Review Michael Porter 1995 5. Urban Planning History and Visions "Modernism and Early Urban Planning" from Early Urban Planning Richard Legates and Frederic Stout "Public Parks and the Enlargement of Towns" Frederick Law Olmsted 1870 "Garden Cities of Tomorrow" Ebenezer Howard 1898 "A Contemporary City" from The City of Tomorrow and Its Planning Le Corbusier 1929 "Broadacre City: A New Community Plan" from Architectural Record Frank Lloyd Wright 1935 "Pedestrian Pockets" from The Pedestrian Pocket Book Peter Calthorpe (Part contents).
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'Simply brilliant. An essential reader for anyone.' - Heidi Grainger, Liverpool University
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About Frederic Stout

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