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The Third City: Chicago and American Urbanism (Chicago Visions and Revisions)

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Our traditional image of Chicago—as a gritty metropolis carved into ethnically defined enclaves where the game of machine politics overshadows its ends—is such a powerful shaper of the citys identity that many of its closest observers fail to notice that a new Chicago has emerged over the past two decades. Larry Bennett here tackles some of our more commonly held ideas about the Windy City—inherited from such icons as Theodore Dreiser, Carl Sandburg, Daniel Burnham, Robert Park, Sara Paretsky, and Mike Royko—with the goal of better understanding Chicago as it is now: the third city.

Bennett calls contemporary Chicago the third city to distinguish it from its two predecessors: the first city, a sprawling industrial center whose historical arc ran from the Civil War to the Great Depression; and the second city, the Rustbelt exemplar of the period from around 1950 to 1990. The third city features a dramatically revitalized urban core, a shifting population mix that includes new immigrant streams, and a growing number of middle-class professionals working in new economy sectors. It is also a city utterly transformed by the top-to-bottom reconstruction of public housing developments and the ambitious provision of public works like Millennium Park. It is, according to Bennett, a work in progress spearheaded by Richard M. Daley, a self-consciously innovative mayor whose strategy of neighborhood revitalization and urban renewal is a prototype of city governance for the twenty-first century. The Third City ultimately contends that to understand Chicago under Daleys charge is to understand what metropolitan life across North America may well look like in the coming decades.

 

About the Author

Larry Bennett is professor of political science at DePaul University. He is the author and coauthor of numerous books, including Fragments of Cities: The New American Downtowns and Neighborhoods, Neighborhood Politics: Chicago and Sheffield, and Its Hardly Sportin: Stadiums, Neighborhoods, and the New Chicago.

Table of Contents

1. The Third City

2. Renditions of Chicago

3. The Mayor among His Peers

4. The City of Neighborhoods

5. Wresting the New from the Once Modern

6. Chicago and American Urbanism

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780226042930
Author:
Bennett, Larry
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Neighborhoods - Illinois - Chicago
Subject:
Chicago (Ill.) History.
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Midwest
Subject:
Government - Local
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Chicago Visions and Revisions
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 halftones
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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