Song of the City by Nathaniel Popkin
An Intimate History of the American Urban Landscape

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During the last quarter of the 20th century, many American cities were in a state of decline. The automobile paved the way for suburban sprawl and white flight, leaving cities with crumbling infrastructures and high crime rates. A growing collective interest in saving cities, however, has begun to turn the tide. In this poetic love song to the American city, Nathaniel Popkin helps readers see the city as a dynamic being with an unmistakable life cycle. Using anecdotes about the neighborhoods and residents of one city, Philadelphia, the author examines the ways that people have inherited, adapted to, and altered the living city.

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NATHANIEL POPKIN has degrees in urban studies and city planning from the University of Pennsylvania and has been writing about cities for 20 years. He is the author of Song of the City and lives in Philadelphia.
Published July 8, 2002 by Basic Books. 256 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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In Song of the City: An Intimate History of the American Urban Landscape, urban planner and activist Nathaniel Popkin walks the city' s 135 square miles, offering vivid descriptions (Like a heaving stomach, the bursts of noise come and go ) of the cityscape.

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