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Title: Downtown: Its Rise and Fall, 1880-1950.
Description: Yale University Press, New Haven, 2001, first edition.. 492 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 030090625 B&w photographs, reproductions. "(T)he first history of what was once viewed as the heart of the American city. It tells the fascinating story of how downtown - and the way Americans thought about downtown - changed over time. By showing how businessmen and property owners worked to promote the well-being of downtown, even at the expense of other parts of the city, it also gives a riveting account of spatial politics in urban America. Drawing on a wide array of contemporary sources, (the author) brings downtown to life, first as 'the' business district, then as the central business district. His book vividly recreates the long-forgotten battles over subways an d skyscrapers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. And it provides a fresh, often startling perspective on elevated highways, parking bans, urban redevelopment, and other controversial issues. This groundbreaking book will b e a r e velation to scholars, city planners, policymakers, and general readers interested in American cities and American history." Two pages with tiny corner crease, very light soiling on bottom of text block. Dust jacket has very minor edge wr in k li n g, s mall soft crease on front panel. Near Fine/Near Fine.

Keywords: United States, Cities, Towns, Central Business Districts, Subways, Rapid Transit, Skylines, Height Limits, 19th Century 20th, Decentralization, Great Depression, World War Ii, Social, Automobiles, Urban Redevelopment, Blight, Bion Arnold, Harland Ba

Price: US$ 17.50 Seller: Capricorn Books
- Book number: 24330

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