Transatlantic Collapse of Urban Renewal Postwar Urbanism from New York to Berlin

ISBN-10: 022600595X

ISBN-13: 9780226005959

Edition: 2012

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Description: The Transatlantic Collapse of Urban Renewalexamines how postwar thinkers from both sides of the Atlantic considered urban landscapes radically changed by the political and physical realities of sprawl, urban decay, and urban renewal. With a sweep that encompasses New York, London, Berlin, Philadelphia, and Toronto, among others, Christopher Klemek traces changing responses to the challenging issues that most affected the lives of the world’s cities. In the postwar decades, the principles of modernist planning came to be challenged—in the grassroots revolts against the building of freeways through urban neighborhoods, for instance, or by academic critiques of slum clearance policy agendas—and then began to collapse entirely. Over the 1960s, several alternative views of city life emerged among neighborhood activists, New Left social scientists, and neoconservative critics. Ultimately, while a pessimistic view of urban crisis may have won out in the United States and Great Britain, Klemek demonstrates that other countries more successfully harmonized urban renewal and its alternatives. Thismuch anticipated book provides one of the first truly international perspectives on issues central to historians and planners alike, making it essential reading for anyone engaged with either field.

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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/12/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Final Frontier
Interlocking Foundations of the Urban Renewal Order
Atlantic Crossings of the Urban Renewal Order: From Interwar Berlin, via Wartime London, to Postwar Toronto
Assembling the Four Pillars: An Urban Renewal Order Takes Shape in the United States, 1934-65
Converging Critiques of the Urban Renewal Order
Aesthetic Critiques: The Urbanist Establishment Rediscovers the Old City
Policy Objections: Social Scientists Question the Urban Renewal Order
Outsider's Revolt: Jane Jacobs and Outright Rejection from beyond the Urbanist Establishment
The Transatlantic Collapse of the Urban Renewal Order
The First Wave of Resistance: Freeway Revolts
The Tide Shifts: Neighborhood Protectionism
A Bitter End? Self-Destruction by Democracy
Aftermath(s): Ideological Polarization and Political Struggle after the Fall of the Urban Renewal Order
New Left Urbanism vs. Neocon Urban Crisis: Divergent Intellectual Responses in the United States
The Anti-experts: Citizen Participation, Advocacy Planning, and the Urbanist Establishment
Nixon Urbanistes and "the Waterloo of Planning"
Softer Landings after the Fall: Divergent Legacies of the Urban Renewal Order
Conclusion: First We Take Manhattan, Then We Take Berlin
Appendix
Notes
Index
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