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The Resource The mysteries of the great city : the politics of urban design, 1877-1937, John D. Fairfield

The mysteries of the great city : the politics of urban design, 1877-1937, John D. Fairfield

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The mysteries of the great city : the politics of urban design, 1877-1937
Title
The mysteries of the great city
Title remainder
the politics of urban design, 1877-1937
Statement of responsibility
John D. Fairfield
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Mysteries of the Great City examines the physical, cultural, and political transformations of the American city between the Gilded Age and the New Deal. Focusing on New York, Chicago, and Cincinnati, John Fairfield demonstrates that these transformations before and after the advent of city planning were the result of political decisions influenced by corporate and private wealth. The expansion and reorganization of the great city stood out as the most visible symbol of the transformation. The new metropolitan form, with its skyscraping business center, industrial satellites, crowded working-class neighborhoods, and exclusive suburbs, embodied an emerging corporate order. But the metropolis also disguised the new order and gave it an apparent physical implacability and inevitability that obscured the role of choice in its creation and therefore placed it beyond criticism. Fairfield unravels the mysteries of the new form to reveal the centrality of power and politics in urban design. While acknowledging that a great many factors shaped urban development, Fairfield underscores the decisive role of human design. He argues that American cities, both before and after the advent of professional planning, have always been in some measure "planned." Discussing such figures as Frederick Law Olmsted, Henry George, Daniel Burnham, Frederic Howe, Edward Bassett, Robert E. Park, and Louis Wirth, Fairfield illuminates the political and intellectual conflicts among advocates of alternative paths of urban development. The Mysteries of the Great City will enlighten all readers interested in the development of cities, particularly urban historians and planners. In pointing to the Gilded Age as a period of great possibilities of progressive reform, this study will also reward readers interested in the historical foundations of our modern society
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digitized
Cataloging source
OCLCE
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1955-
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Fairfield, John D.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Urban life and urban landscape series
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  • City planning
  • Cities and towns
  • Urbanization
  • Cities and towns
  • City planning
  • Urbanization
  • United States
  • Stadtentwicklung
  • Stedenbouw
  • Steden
  • Planejamento territorial urbano (historia)
  • Cidade (sociologia)
  • USA
Label
The mysteries of the great city : the politics of urban design, 1877-1937, John D. Fairfield
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Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-304) and index
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
An urban republic: Frederick Olmsted, Henry George, and the city building debate -- The political economy of suburbanization and the politics of space -- From rapid transit to city planning: social efficiency and the new urban discipline -- The professionalization of city planning and the scientific management of urban space -- An urban sociology: Robert E. Park and the realistic tradition -- The alienation of social control: the Chicago sociologists and the origins of urban planning -- Urbanism as a way of life: the paradox of professional planning
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ocn624251398
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 320 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780814280478
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  • lossless
  • lossy
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations, map
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctv1fczp4b
Reformatting quality
  • preservation
  • access
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)624251398
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
The mysteries of the great city : the politics of urban design, 1877-1937, John D. Fairfield
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-304) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
An urban republic: Frederick Olmsted, Henry George, and the city building debate -- The political economy of suburbanization and the politics of space -- From rapid transit to city planning: social efficiency and the new urban discipline -- The professionalization of city planning and the scientific management of urban space -- An urban sociology: Robert E. Park and the realistic tradition -- The alienation of social control: the Chicago sociologists and the origins of urban planning -- Urbanism as a way of life: the paradox of professional planning
Control code
ocn624251398
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 320 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780814280478
Level of compression
  • lossless
  • lossy
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations, map
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctv1fczp4b
Reformatting quality
  • preservation
  • access
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)624251398
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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