Voices of Decline: The Postwar Fate of U.S. Cities

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Social Science - 304 pages
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[FOR HISTORY CATALOGS]Drawing on the pronouncements of public commentators, this book portrays the 20th century history of U.S. cities, focusing specifically on how commentators crafted a discourse of urban decline and prosperity peculiar to the post-World War II era. The efforts of these commentators spoke to the foundational ambivalence Americans have toward their cities and, in turn, shaped the choices Americans made as they created and negotiated the country's changing urban landscape. [FOR GEOG/URBAN CATALOGS]Freely crossing disciplinary boundaries, this book uses the words of those who witnessed the cities' distress to portray the postwar discourse on urban decline in the United States. Up-dated and substantially re-written in stronger historical terms, this new edition explores how public debates about the fate of cities drew from and contributed to the choices made by households, investors, and governments as they created and negotiated America's changing urban landscape.
 

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Since the late 1800s, cities have become the measure of American progress. Their rise and decline has been touted as the driving force in the changes of American commerce and society. Beauregard (Univ ... Read full review

Contents

The Cities Wholesome and Good
27
Not Those of Decadence
45
ESCALATING DOWNWARD
77
On the Verge of Catastrophe
103
Every Problem a Racial Dimension
127
Crisis of Our Cities
150
A DOUBLE REVERSAL OF FORTUNE
181
Not Excessively Inconvenienced
210
Epilogue
238
Index
299
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Robert Beauregard is Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Public and Urban Policy at the Milano School of Management and Urban Policy, New School University. He is the author of numerous articles and books.

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