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Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York
Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York
by Luc Sante
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"A cacophonous poem of democracy and greed, like the streets of New York themselves." --John Vernon, Los Angeles Times Book Review... (read more)

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Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America
Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America
by Jonathan Kozol
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In this powerful and culminating work about a group of inner-city children he has known for many years, Jonathan Kozol returns to the scene of his prize-winning books Rachel and Her Children and Amazing Grace, and to the children he has vividly portrayed,... (read more)

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The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City
The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City
by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen
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From the creators of the urban homestead blog HomeGrownEvolution.com comes this thorough and accessible manual to self-sufficient city living. Whatever your desired skill — beekeeping, dumpster diving, greywater, vermiculture, lacto-fermentation... (read more)

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Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago (Illinois)
Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago (Illinois)
by Eric Klinenberg
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Mirra Komarovsky Book Award... (read more)

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A History of Future Cities
A History of Future Cities
by Daniel Brook
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Every month, five million people move from the past to the future. Pouring into developing-world “instant cities” like Dubai and Shenzhen, these urban newcomers confront a modern world cobbled together from fragments of a West they have never... (read more)

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Home from Nowhere: Remaking Our Everyday World for the 21st Century
Home from Nowhere: Remaking Our Everyday World for the 21st Century
by James Howard Kunstler
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James Howard Kunstler is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine and is the author of eight novels. He now lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.... (read more)

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Variations on a Theme Park : the New American City and the End of Public Space (92 Edition)
Variations on a Theme Park : the New American City and the End of Public Space (92 Edition)
by Michael (ed.) Sorkin
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"A fascinating account of the various kinds of manipulated but very real places in America today, this book is a model of cultural richness, strong critique, and vibrant history."--Gwendolyn Wright, author of Building the Dream: A Social History of... (read more)

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American Project : Rise and Fall of a Modern Ghetto (00 Edition)
American Project : Rise and Fall of a Modern Ghetto (00 Edition)
by Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh
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2000 Association of American Publishers PSP Award for Excellence, Sociology and Anthropology... (read more)

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Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
by Andres Duany
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“An essential text for our time . . . Not only a passionately argued, carefully reasoned dissection of the mess that is becoming man-made America but also a clear program of steps that can be taken to enhance the humanity of both our suburbs and... (read more)

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Beyond Preservation: Using Public History to Revitalize Inner Cities (Urban Life, Landscape and Policy)
Beyond Preservation: Using Public History to Revitalize Inner Cities (Urban Life, Landscape and Policy)
by Andrew Hurley
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Across the United States, historic preservation has become a catalyst for urban regeneration. Entrepreneurs, urban pioneers, and veteran city dwellers have refurbished thousands of dilapidated properties and put them to productive use as shops... (read more)

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The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City
The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City
by William B. Helmreich
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As a child growing up in Manhattan, William Helmreich played a game with his father called "Last Stop." They would pick a subway line, ride it to its final destination, and explore the neighborhood. Decades later, his love for exploring the city is as... (read more)

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Global Cities Reader (06 Edition)
Global Cities Reader (06 Edition)
by Neil Brenner
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Providing the first comprehensive survey of new interdisciplinary scholarship on globalized urbanization, this important volume contains fifty selections from classic writings by authors such as John Friedmann, Michael Peter Smith, Saskia Sassen, Peter... (read more)

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Urban Sociology Reader (2ND 13 Edition)
Urban Sociology Reader (2ND 13 Edition)
by Jan Lin
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The urban world is an exciting terrain for investigating the central institutions, structures and problems of the social world and how they have transformed through the last 200 years. This Reader comprises sections on urban social theory, racial and... (read more)

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Shanghai Nightscapes: A Nocturnal Biography of a Global City
Shanghai Nightscapes: A Nocturnal Biography of a Global City
by James Farrer
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The pulsing beat of its nightlife has long drawn travelers to the streets of Shanghai, where the night scene is a crucial component of the cityandrsquo;s image as a global metropolis. In Shanghai Nightscapes, sociologist James Farrer and historian Andrew... (read more)

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Researching the City: A Guide for Students
Researching the City: A Guide for Students
by Kevin Ward
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A much-needed guide for students doing dissertations on urban issues and cities. Covering both qualitative and quantitative methods, a team of leading researchers show how particular methods are used successfully in urban research projects.... (read more)

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Reno, Las Vegas, and the Strip: A Tale of Three Cities (Shepperson Series in Nevada History)
Reno, Las Vegas, and the Strip: A Tale of Three Cities (Shepperson Series in Nevada History)
by Eugene P. Moehring
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Eugene P. Moehring analyzes the development of Reno and Las Vegas since 1945 with special emphasis on the years after 1970. Major factors that shaped the development of both cities were the growth of corporate gaming and megaresorts and increased... (read more)

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Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities
Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities
by Jeff Mapes
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Mapes's fantastic and inspiring Pedaling Revolution deserves to be read by everyone, from the cycle-curious to the cycle-phobic. Love it or hate it, the pedaling revolution is upon us — read all about it!... (read more)

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Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability
Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability
by David Owen
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From the acclaimed New Yorker writer, a thought-provoking, innovative, and challenging new approach to protecting our environment. Most Americans think of cities as ecological nightmares-wastelands of concrete, garbage, diesel fumes and traffic jams-but... (read more)

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Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-Being, and Sustainability
Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-Being, and Sustainability
by Andrew Dannenberg
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The environment that we construct affects both humans and our natural world in myriad ways. There is a pressing need to create healthy places and to reduce the health threats inherent in places already built. However, there has been little awareness of... (read more)

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Living the Drama: Community, Conflict, and Culture Among Inner-City Boys
Living the Drama: Community, Conflict, and Culture Among Inner-City Boys
by David J. Harding
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For the middle class and the affluent, local ties seem to matter less and less these days, but in the inner city, your life can be irrevocably shaped by what block you live on. Living the Drama takes a close look at three neighborhoods in Boston to... (read more)

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