City A Guidebook for the Urban Age

ISBN-10: 1608196763
ISBN-13: 9781608196760
Edition: 2012
Authors: P. D. Smith
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Book details

List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 6/19/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.596
Language: English

For the first time in the history of the planet, more than half the population - 3.3 billion people - are now living in cities. Two hundred years ago only 3 per cent of the world's population were urbanites, a figure that had remained fairly stable (give or take the occasional plague) for about 1000 years. By 2030, 60 per cent of us will be urban dwellers. Cityis the ultimate handbook for the archetypal city and contains main sections on 'History', 'Customs and Language', 'Districts', 'Transport', 'Money', 'Work', 'Tourist Sites', 'Shops and markets', 'Nightlife', etc., and mini-essays on anything and everything from Babel, Tenochtitlan and Ellis Island to Beijing, Mumbai and New York, and from boulevards, suburbs, shanty towns and favelas, to skylines, urban legends and the sacred. Drawing on a wide range of examples from cities across the world and throughout history, it explores the reasons why people first built cities and why urban populations are growing larger every year. Cityis illustrated throughout with a range of photographs, maps and other illustrations.

P. D. Smith is an independent researcher and writer. He has taught at University College London where he is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Science and Technology Studies Department and has contributed to the Guardian and writes for other national publications including The Times, Independent and the Times Literary Supplement. His books include Doomsday Men: The Real Dr Strangelove and the Dream of the Superweapon. Author's website: www.peterdsmith.com

Introduction
Arrival
The City in the Lake
The Golden Door
Skyline
The Central Station
History
Origins
The Ideal City
New Town
Necropolis
The City Wall
Customs
Writing
Street Language
'Kilroy was here'
The Voice of the Street
Carnival!
The House of God
Where to Stay
Downtown
Chinatown, Little Italy and the Ghetto
Slum City
From Garden Suburbs to Boomburbs
The Hotel
Getting Around
Walking
Traffic
Going Underground
The Skyscraper
Money
Markets
The Jewel Box of the World
Got to Pick a Pocket or Two
The Department Store
Time Out
The City and the Stage
City of the Mind
Street Food
Gladiators and Marathon Runners
The Park
Beyond the City
The Wired City
Eco-Cities
Futuropolis
The Ruins
Afterword
Notes
Further Reading
Picture Credits
Acknowledgements
Index

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