What Makes a Great City

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Island Press, Sep 8, 2016 - Architecture - 344 pages
What makes a great city? City planner and architect Alexander Garvin set out to answer this question by observing cities, largely in North America and Europe, with special attention to Paris, London, New York, and Vienna.

For Garvin, greatness is about what people who shape cities candotomakea city great. A great city is a dynamic, constantly changing place that residents and their leaders can reshape to satisfy their demands. Mimportantly, it is about the interplay between people and public realm, and how they have interacted throughout history to create great cities.

What Makes a Great Citywill help readers understand that any city can be changed for the better and inspire entrepreneurs, public officials, and city residents to do it themselves.

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Alex Garvin is currently an adjunct professor at the Yale School of Architecture and Presidand CEO of AGA Public Realm Strategists, Inc., a planning and design firm in New York City that is responsible for the initial master plans for the Atlanta BeltLine as well as other significant public-realm projects throughout the United States. Between 1996 and 2005 he was managing director for planning at NYC2012, the committee to bring the Summer Olympics to New York in 2012. During 2002–2003, he was Vice Presidfor Planning, Design and Developmof the Lower Manhattan DevelopmCorporation. Over the last 46 years, he has held prominpositions in five New York City administrations, including Deputy Commissioner of Housing and City Planning Commissioner. He is the author of numerous books includingThe American City: What Works and What Doesn't, now in its third edition.

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