New York, Chicago, Los Angeles: America's Global Cities

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U of Minnesota Press, 1999 - Social Science - 580 pages
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New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles -- for all their differences, they are quintessentially American cities. They are also among the handful of cities on the earth that can be called "global". Janet L. Abu-Lughod's book is the first to compare them in an ambitious in-depth study that takes into account each city's unique history, following their development from their earliest days to their current status as players on the global stage.
 

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Contents

The First Growth Cycle to 1820
19
Developments between the 1820s and the 1870s
35
From Stock Market
61
A New Deal
178
Down but Not Quite Out
212
Los Angeles Becomes Industrial
237
Expanding Contracting
285
Postapocalypse Chicago
321
The Los Angeles Region Transformed
358
Conclusions and a Look to the Future
399
Notes
427
Index
555
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Janet L. Abu-Lughod is an American sociologist who specializes in social change and urbanization in the developing world. She was educated at the University of Chicago and the University of Massachusetts. She began her career as an urban planner and research consultant to organizations dealing with community development issues and housing problems. As an academic, she taught at the University of Cairo and Smith College before moving to Northwestern University. She taught sociology at the New School for Social Research in New York, where she conducted research on urban problems.

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