Downtown by Professor Robert M. Fogelson
Its Rise and Fall, 1880-1950

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Written by one of this country's foremost urban historians, Downtown is the 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 it, 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, Robert M. Fogelson brings downtown to life, first as the business district, then as the central business district, and finally as just another business district. His book vividly recreates the long-forgotten battles over subways and 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 be a revelation to scholars, city planners, policymakers, and general readers interested in American cities and American history.
 

About Professor Robert M. Fogelson

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Robert M. Fogelson is professor of urban studies and history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
 
Published September 10, 2001 by Yale University Press. 492 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Exceedingly provocative as well as informative, this study explores everything from the availability of light and air in the age of the elevated to the "parking ban" of downtown Chicago, and makes a vital contribution to the study of American life.

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Tung's beautiful and compelling "Preserving the World's Great Cities" makes a tour of 19 cities in Asia, Europe, Africa and North America, comparing the efforts to preserve them during the upheavals and demographic inundations of the madly violent 20th century.

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