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The past half-century's radical transformation of American cities and regions has paradoxically stimulated our interest in older forms of cities and renewed our respect for the planning tradition that created them. Today, with everything urban and public perpetually in crisis, we turn attentively toward the figures who shaped our cities and left a magnificent legacy of public spaces, public transit, public parks, public libraries, public schools, public health, and public safety.<P>The American Planning Tradition reevaluates those planners and their times in a series of essays by some of today's preeminent urbanists. These contributors view such antecedents as Albert Gallatin, Frederick Law Olmsted, Daniel Burnham, Edward Bennett, and Lewis Mumford not merely as precursors who prepared the way for the revelations of modern planning theory, but as contemporaries and even prophets who struggled with many of the same problems that afflict us, and responded with more vision, confidence, and hope than we seem to have today. Their chapters discuss principles proposed for American urban planning, cover a series of national efforts at planning for transportation, resources, and the environment, and describe recent experiences in New Orleans, Portland, Chicago, and Boston.<P>The contributors are Robert Fishman, John Thomas, Michael J. Lacey, James Westcoat, Jr., Alan Brinkley, Margaret Weir, Arnold R. Hirsch, Carl Abbott, Judith A. Martin and Sam Bass Warner, Jr, and Anne Whiston Spirn.

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Looking back to earlier forms of cities in the US, modern urbanists reassess the work of such planners as Albert Gallatin, Frederick Law Olmstead, Daniel Burnham, Clarence Stein, and Lewis Mumford. They find in them not merely precursors and pioneers, but contemporaries and even prophets. They also show how that legacy is expressed in national efforts to plan transportation, resources and the environment as well as recent experiences in New Orleans, Portland, Chicago, and Boston. Distributed in the US by Johns Hopkins U. Press.
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Table of Contents

  1. Foreword /Michael J. Lacey
  2. The American planning tradition: an introduction and interpretation /Robert Fishman
  3. Part one:Two traditions.Holding the middle ground /John L. Thomas
  4. The metropolitan tradition in American planning /Robert Fishman
  5. Part two:The quest for national planning.Federalism and national planning: the nineteenth-century legacy /Michael J. Lacey --"Watersheds" in regional planning /James L. Wescoat, Jr. --The National Resources Planning Board and the reconstruction of planning /Alan Brinkley
  6. Planning environmentalism, and urban poverty: the political failure of national land-use planning legislation, 1970-1975 /Margaret Weir
  7. Part three:Recreating the "commons": the local experience.Race and renewal in the Cold War South: New Orleans, 1947-1968 /Arnold R. Hirsch
  8. The capital of good planning: metropolitan Portland since 1970 /Carl J. Abbott
  9. Local initiative and metropolitan repetition: Chicago, 1972-1990 /Judith A. Martin and Sam Bass Warner, Jr. --Reclaiming common ground: water, neighborhoods, and public places /Anne Whiston Spirn.

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Fishman, Robert
Woodrow Wilson Center Press
Fishman, Robert
Fishman, Robert
Washington, D.C. :
City Planning & Urban Development
City planning
Land use
Urban policy
Urban renewal
Land use, Urban.
Political Policy - City Planning & Urban Dev.
Public Policy - City Planning & Urban Dev.
Urban renewal -- United States.
City planning -- United States.
Science Reference-Technology
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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10.03x7.04x.93 in. 1.67 lbs.

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