City on the Edge Buffalo, New York

ISBN-10: 1591024579

ISBN-13: 9781591024576

Edition: 2007

Authors: Mark Goldman

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At the beginning of the twentieth century, the city of Buffalo, New York, looked toward a future of great promise. During this era, the city was the host of a prestigious world's fair, The Pan American Exposition, and an industrial behemoth, the Lackawanna Steel Company, had just opened its doors. Buffalonians at this time had every reason to believe that these massive and impressive signs of progress augured well for the balance of the century. One hundred years later, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, Buffalo is on the verge of bankruptcy, and a new generation of citizens looks back wistfully, wondering what happened and where, now, they are headed. In a sweeping narrative that speaks to the serious student of urban studies as well as the general reader, Mark Goldman tells the story of twentieth-century Buffalo, New York. Goldman covers all of the major developments: The rise and decline of the city's downtown and ethnic neighbourhoods; The impact of racial change and suburbanisation; The role and function of the arts in the life of the community; Urban politics, urban design, and city planning. While describing the changes that so drastically altered the form, function, and character of the city, Goldman, through detailed descriptions of special people and special places, gives a sense of intimacy and immediacy to these otherwise impersonal historical forces. "City on the Edge" unflinchingly documents and describes how Buffalo has been battered by the tides of history. But it also describes the unique characteristics that have encouraged an innovative cultural climate, including Buffalo's dynamic survival instinct that continues to lead to a surprisingly and inspiringly high quality of community life. Finally, it offers a road map, which -- if followed -- could point the way to a new and exciting future for this long-troubled city.
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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Prometheus Books, Publishers
Publication date: 3/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 413
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

The pan-American exposition and the Lackawanna Steel Company : high hopes in early twentieth-century buffalo
Patterns of daily life in the industrial city
Early twentieth-century buffalo through the lens of change
The 1920s and the rise of the modern city
An and life in the depression decade
The home front
Buffalo at mid-century
Downtown and the neighborhoods during the 1960s
Lightning strikes : art and life during the 1960s
The 1970s a decade of loss
Judge curtin strives to create a new kind of community
The 1980s : where are we going?
Strange bedfellows : why bad things happen to good cities
What's going on? : buffalo at the turn of the twenty-first century
Now is the time restoring a sense of place
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