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City urbanism and its end

Douglas W Rae c2003

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  • Title:
    City urbanism and its end
  • Author: Douglas W Rae
  • Subjects: City and town life -- Connecticut -- New Haven -- History -- 20th century; Industrialization -- Social aspects -- Connecticut -- New Haven -- History -- 20th century; Urban renewal -- Connecticut -- New Haven -- History -- 20th century; New Haven (Conn.) -- Politics and government -- 20th century; New Haven (Conn.) -- Economic conditions -- 20th century; New Haven (Conn.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century; Electronic books
  • Description: How did neighborhood groceries, parish halls, factories, and even saloons contribute more to urban vitality than did the fiscal might of postwar urban renewal? With a novelists eye for telling detail, Douglas Rae depicts the features that contributed most to city life in the early urbanist decades of the twentieth century. Raes subject is New Haven, Connecticut, but the lessons he draws apply to many American cities.City: Urbanism and Its End begins with a richly textured portrait of New Haven in the early twentieth century, a period of centralized manufacturing, civic vitality, and mixed-use neighborhoods. As social and economic conditions changed, the city confronted its end of urbanism first during the Depression, and then very aggressively during the mayoral reign of Richard C. Lee (195470), when New Haven led the nation in urban renewal spending. But government spending has repeatedly failed to restore urban vitality. Rae argues that strategies for the urban future should focus on nurturing the unplanned civic engagements that make mixed-use city life so appealing and so civilized. Cities need not reach their old peaks of population, or look like thriving suburbs, to be once again splendid places for human beings to live and work.
  • Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press
  • Creation Date: c2003
  • Format: 1 online resource (544 p.).
  • Language: English
  • Identifier: ISBN1-281-73446-2;ISBN9786611734466;ISBN0-300-13475-4
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