City Reader

ISBN-10: 041577084X
ISBN-13: 9780415770842
Edition: 4th 2007
List price: $76.95
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Description: The fourth edition of the highly successful The City Reader brings together the very best of publications on the city. Classic writings by such authors as Lewis Mumford, Ernest W. Burgess, LeCorbusier, Lewis Wirth, Jane Jacobs and Kevin Lynch meet  More...

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List price: $76.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/4/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 632
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 3.234
Language: English

The fourth edition of the highly successful The City Reader brings together the very best of publications on the city. 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, metropolitics, occidentalism, Asian megacities, 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 ofnbsp; forty-six readings from the third edition and elevenentirely 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 authors 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.

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

List of plates
List of contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Prologue
The Evolution of Cities
Introduction
"The Urbanization of the Human Population
"The Urban Revolution"
"The Polis"
First-Person Accounts of Great Cities of the Medieval and Early Modern World
"The Great Towns"
"The Drive-in Culture of Contemporary America"
"Beyond Suburbia: The Rise of the Technoburb"
Plate Section: The Evolution of Cities
Urban Culture and Society
Introduction
"What is a City?"
"Urbanism as a Way of Life"
"The Uses of Sidewalks: Safety"
"The Negroe Problems of Philadelphia," "The Question of Earning a Living," and "Color Prejudice"
"From Institutional to Jobless Ghettos"
"Bowling Alone: America's Declining Social Capital"
"The Creative Class"
"The Occidental City"
"Visions of a New Reality: The City and the Emergence of Modern Visual Culture"
Plate Section: Visions of a New Reality
Urban Space
Introduction
"The Growth of the City: An Introduction to a Research Project"
"Social Exclusion and Space"
"Taking Los Angeles Apart: Towards a Postmodern Geography"
"Fortress L.A."
"The Almost Perfect Town"
"The Neighborhood, the District, and the Corridor
"The Impact of the New Technologies and Globalization on Cities"
Urban Politics, Governance, and Economics
Introduction
First-Person Accounts of Nineteenth-Century Political Bosses and Machines
"Contested Cities: Social Process and Spatial Form"
"A Ladder of Citizen Participation"
"The Need for a New Vision for the Development of Large U.S. Metropolitan Areas"
"Broken Windows"
"The City as a Distorted Price System"
"The Competitive Advantage of the Inner City"
"Fiscal Equity"
Plate Section: Social and Symbolic Uses of Urban Space
Urban Planning History and Visions
Introduction
"Public Parks and the Enlargement of Towns"
"Author's Introduction" and "The Town-Country Magnet"
"A Contemporary City"
"Broadcare City: A New Community Plan"
"Towards Sustainable Development"
"Designing the Region" and "Designing the Region is Designing the Neighborhood"
Urban Planning Theory and Practice
Introduction
"The City of Theory"
"Twentieth Century Land Use Planning: A Stalwart Family Tree"
"Planning in the Face of Conflict"
"Advocacy and Pluralism in Planning"
"Planning for Sustainability in European Cities: A Review of Practice in Leading Cities"
Plate Section: Urban Planning
Perspectives on Urban Design
Introduction
"Author's Introduction," "The Relationship Between Buildings, Monuments, and Public Squares," and "The Enclosed Character of the Public Square"
"The City Image and its Elements"
"The Design of Spaces"
"Towards an Urban Design Manifesto"
The Future of the City
Introduction
"The Post-City Age"
"European Cities, the Informational Society, and the Global Economy"
"The Emergence of Mega-Urban Regions in Asia"
"Planning Sustainable and Livable Cities"
"The Teleserviced City"
"The Urban Future"
Epilogue: Urban Studies and planning
Bibliography
Illustration credits
Copyright information
Index

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