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Author Warner, Sam Bass, 1928-

Title American urban form : a representative history / Sam Bass Warner and Andrew H. Whittemore ; drawings by Andrew H. Whittemore

Publ Info Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, [2012]
 RWU Main Library  HT123 .W228 2012    AVAILABLE
 Salve Main Collection  HT123 .W228 2012    AVAILABLE
Descript 183 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Urban and industrial environments
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Introduction -- The city's seventeenth century beginnings -- The city in the mid-eighteenth century -- The merchant republic, 1820 -- The city overwhelmed, 1860 -- The city restructured, 1895 -- Toward a new economy and a novel urban form, 1925 -- The federally supported city, 1950 -- The polycentric city, 1975 -- The global city, 2000
Note "American urban form--the spaces, places, and boundaries that define city life--has been evolving since the first settlements of colonial days. The changing patterns of houses, buildings, streets, parks, pipes and wires, wharves, railroads, highways, and airports reflect changing patterns of the social, political, and economic processes that shape the city. In this book, Sam Bass Warner and Andrew Whittemore map more than three hundred years of the American city through the evolution of urban form. They do this by offering an illustrated history of "the City"--a hypothetical city that exemplifies the American city's transformation from village to merchant seaport, industrial city, multicentered metropolis, and, finally, regional metropolis that participates in both the local and the global. The book thereby offers a yardstick against which readers can measure the history of their own cities. Warner and Whittemore have constructed their hypothetical City from the histories of Boston, Philadelphia, and New York, focusing on commonalities that make up key patterns in American urban development. In an engaging text accompanied by Whittemore's detailed, meticulous drawings, they chart the City's changing boundaries, densities, building styles, transportation infrastructures, and population patterns. Planning for the future of cities, they remind us, requires an understanding of the forces that shaped the city's past; these are the tools of urban change. The city's protean, ever-changing nature offers each generation a fresh chance to reform (and re-form) it."--book jacket
LC subject Cities and towns -- United States -- History
City and town life -- United States -- History
Add Author Whittemore, Andrew H., 1980-
ISBN 9780262017213 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0262017210 (hardcover : alk. paper)