The City Beautiful Movement

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Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994 - Architecture - 365 pages

Critics of the turn-of-the-century's City Beautiful Movement denounced its projects—broad, tree-lined boulevards and monumental but low-lying civic buildings—as grandiose and unnecessary. In this masterful analysis, William H. Wilson sees the movement as its founders did: as an exercise in participatory politics aimed at changing the way citizens thought about cities.

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About the author (1994)

William H. Wilson is professor of history at the University of North Texas. His books include Coming of Age: Urban American, 1915-1945.

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