Cities Back from the Edge: New Life for Downtown

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 27, 2000 - Architecture - 361 pages
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"A love song for the city . . . [this] volume, attractively packaged and richly illustrated, is really a cookbook for downtown revitalization." --Wall Street Journal

In this pioneering book on successful urban recovery, two urban experts draw on their firsthand observations of downtown change across the country to identify a flexible, effective approach to urban rejuvenation. From transportation planning and sprawl containment to the threat of superstore retailers, they address a host of key issues facing our cities today.

Roberta Brandes Gratz (New York, NY), an award-winning journalist and urban critic, is author of the urban design classic The Living City. A former staff reporter for the New York Post, Gratz has written for the New York Times Magazine and other publications. Norman Mintz (New York, NY) has played a leading role in the field of downtown revitalization for more than twenty-five years. He is Design Director at the 34th Street Partnership in New York City and a consultant on downtown revitalization across the country.
 

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Contents

The Mess We Have Made
33
Project Planning or Urban Husbandry
59
Death and Rebirth of the Public Realm
87
Rebuilding Place Valuing Transit
113
Undoing Sprawl
139
Free Competition or No Competition?
169
You Dont Have to Be WalMart to Be WalMart
195
To Market To Market
209
Public Buildings Public Policies
235
Back to Basics
251
Investing in People
273
The SoHo Syndrome
295
Back from the Edge
325
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