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Changing Places: Rebuilding Community in the Age of Sprawl
Changing Places
Rebuilding Community in the Age of Sprawl
Hardcover      ISBN: 0805043683
A detailed look into the historic communities that are fighting against urban development also examines the New England towns and areas in the Midwest that are battling against large conglomerates such as Wal-Mart
Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx
Random Family
Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx
Paperback      ISBN: 0743254430
Coming of age in the midst of the Bronx drug trade, nineteen-year-old Jessica, fourteen-year-old Coco, and their lovers experience budding sexuality, teen parenthood, and gang identity, in a social examination of the challenges of family life in the face of violence. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
The Death and Life of Great American Cities
The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Paperback      ISBN: 067974195x
Penetrating analysis of the functions and organization of city neighborhoods, the forces of deterioration and regeneration, and the necessary planning innovations
The Seaside Debates: A Critique of the New Urbanism
The Seaside Debates
A Critique of the New Urbanism
Hardcover      ISBN: 0847823458
This series of presentations and critiques, which took place at the Seaside Institute in Seaside, Florida, highlights the major issues of New Urbanism as they were discussed by the key players in the field, such as Andres Duany, Elizabeth PlaterZyberk, Stefanos Polyzoides, and Daniel Solomon, as well as such academic critics as Witold Rybczynski, Colin Rowe, Judith DiMaio, Alex Krieger, Alan Plattus, and others. Issues of growth management, promotion of civic life, land conservation, and rational transportation were discussed, focusing on eight U.S. and Canadian cities as examples.
There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America
There Are No Children Here
The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America
Paperback      ISBN: 0385265565
A touching, meticulous portrait of two boys growing up in a Chicago housing project reveals how they help each other maintain a shred of innocence among street gangs, gunfire, violence, and drugs. Reprint.
The Lost City: Discovering the Forgotten Virtues of Community in the Chicago of the 1950s
The Lost City
Discovering the Forgotten Virtues of Community in the Chicago of the 1950s
Hardcover      ISBN: 0465041922
Profiling the 1950s in America as a period of community during which people knew clear expectations and accepted their limits, a cultural history attributes the loss of this community to the baby-boomer generation's 1960s rejection of authority.
The Sphinx in the City: Urban Life, the Control of Disorder, and Women
The Sphinx in the City
Urban Life, the Control of Disorder, and Women
Paperback      ISBN: 0520078640
Elizabeth Wilson's elegant, provocative, and scholarly study uses fiction, essays, film, and art, as well as history and sociology, to look at some of the world's greatest cities—London, Paris, Moscow, New York, Chicago, Lusaka, and São Paulo—and presents a powerful critique of utopian planning, anti-urbanism, postmodernism, and traditional architecture. For women the city offers freedom, including sexual freedom, but also new dangers. Planners and reformers have repeatedly attempted to regulate women—and the working class and ethnic minorities—by means of grandiose, utopian plans, nearly destroying the richness of urban culture. City centers have become uninhabited business districts, the countryside suburbanized. There is danger without pleasure, consumerism without choice, safety without stimulation. What is needed is a new understanding of city life and Wilson gives us an intriguing introduction to what this might be.
Home from Nowhere: Remaking Our Everyday World for the Twenty-First Century
Home from Nowhere
Remaking Our Everyday World for the Twenty-First Century
Paperback      ISBN: 0684837374
Describes the landscape debates and movements in America that attempt to restore the beauty of its dwelling places
Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
Suburban Nation
The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
Paperback      ISBN: 0865476063
Three members of the Founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism give voice to a growing movement in North America to put an end to suburban sprawl and to replace the automobile-based settlement patterns of the past fifty years with a return to traditional planning principles. Reprint.
Society, Culture, and Urbanization
Society, Culture, and Urbanization
Hardcover      ISBN: 080392478x
Eisenstadt and Shachar provide new insights into the development of urban civilization. They use a comparative and historical approach to analyse early forms of urban development within preindustrial societies. After reviewing the existing theories of urbanization, the authors present a new macrosocietal and comparative theoretical approach. They analyse nine civilizations in the context of their political regimes, social processes, and cultures.