Downtown: Its Rise and Fall, 1880-1950

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Yale University Press, Mar 1, 2003 - History - 492 pages
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Drawing on a wide array of contemporary sources, Robert M. Fogelson brings downtown to life, first as the business district, then as the central business district, and finally as just another business district. His book vividly recreates the long-forgotten battles over subways and skyscrapers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. And it provides a fresh, often startling perspective on elevated highways, parking bans, urban redevelopment, and other controversial issues. This groundbreaking book will be a revelation to scholars, city planners, policymakers, and general readers interested in American cities and American history."--Jacket.
  

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User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

Downtown is a thorough and interesting look at urban America, but it's in need of an editor. Excessive detail and dry anecdotes make this book a slog. With that said, I learned a lot. I just wouldn't recommend it unless you are extremely interested in urban history and issues. Read full review

Review: Downtown: Its Rise and Fall, 1880 1950

User Review  - Noah - Goodreads

The book is well-researched and on a few topics, presenting information that was rather new to me (early history of transit, pre-zoning height limits). But it's just a mess methodologically and it ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Downtown in the Late Nineteenth Century
9
The Politics of Rapid Transit
44
The Battle over Height Limits
112
Downtown in the 1920s
183
Downtown During the Great Depression and World War II
218
Downtown and the Automotive Revolution
249
Downtown and the Origins of Urban Redevelopment
317
8 Just Another Business District? Downtown in the Mid Twentieth Century
381
Epilogue
395
Notes
399
Acknowledgments
475
Index
477
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Robert M. Fogelson is professor of urban studies and history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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