City on the Edge: Buffalo, New York, 1900 - Present

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Prometheus Books, Jun 3, 2010 - Business & Economics - 413 pages
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 neighborhoods· The impact of racial change and suburbanization· The role and function of the arts in the life of the community· Urban politics, urban design, and city planningWhile 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.Mark Goldman (Buffalo, NY), a successful entrepreneur who has played a major role in revitalizing the cultural life of downtown Buffalo, is the author of City on the Lake: The Challenge of Change in Buffalo, New York.
 

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Mark Goldman's City on the Edge: Buffalo, New York tracks the history of the titular city from the Pan-American Exposition and arrival of Lackawanna Steel Company at the dawn of the twentieth century ... Read full review

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History of Buffalo from the Pan-American Exposition in 1901 through the October blizzard of 2006. I'm still not sure I was interested in this many details, but overall I found the book compelling ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
9
High Hopes in Early TwentiethCentury Buffalo
13
Patterns of Daily Life in the Industrial City
37
Early TwentiethCentury Buffalo through the Lens of Change
55
The 1920s and the Rise of the Modern City
75
Art and Life in the Depression Decade
99
The Home Front
133
Buffalo at MidCentury
149
A Decade of Loss
255
Judge Curtin Strives to Create a New Kind of Community
279
Where Are We Going?
301
Why Bad Things Happen to Good Cities
329
Whats Going on? Buffalo at the Turn of the TwentyFirst Century
361
Restoring a Sense of Place
387
Notes on Sources
405
Thanks and Acknowledgments
409

Downtown and the Neighborhoods during the 1960s
187
Art and Life during the 1960s
221

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Mark Goldman (Buffalo, NY), a successful entrepreneur who has played a major role in revitalizing the cultural life of downtown Buffalo, is the author of City on the Lake: The Challenge of Change in Buffalo, New York.

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