The American Planning Tradition: Culture and Policy
The past half-century's radical transformation of American cities and regions has paradoxically stimulated our interest in older forms of cities and renewed our respect for the planning tradition that created them. Today, with everything urban and public perpetually in crisis, we turn attentively toward the figures who shaped our cities and left a magnificent legacy of public spaces, public transit, public parks, public libraries, public schools, public health, and public safety.
The American Planning Tradition reevaluates those planners and their times in a series of essays by some of today's preeminent urbanists. These contributors view such antecedents as Albert Gallatin, Frederick Law Olmsted, Daniel Burnham, Edward Bennett, and Lewis Mumford not merely as precursors who prepared the way for the revelations of modern planning theory, but as contemporaries and even prophets who struggled with many of the same problems that afflict us, and responded with more vision, confidence, and hope than we seem to have today. Their chapters discuss principles proposed for American urban planning, cover a series of national efforts at planning for transportation, resources, and the environment, and describe recent experiences in New Orleans, Portland, Chicago, and Boston.
The contributors are Robert Fishman, John Thomas, Michael J. Lacey, James Westcoat, Jr., Alan Brinkley, Margaret Weir, Arnold R. Hirsch, Carl Abbott, Judith A. Martin and Sam Bass Warner, Jr, and Anne Whiston Spirn.
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The American Planning Tradition An Introduction and Interpretation
Holding the Middle Ground
The Metropolitan Tradition in American Planning
THE QUEST FOR NATIONAL PLANNING
Federalism and National Planning The NineteenthCentury Legacy
Watersheds in Regional Planning
The National Resources Planning Board and the Reconstruction of Planning
RECREATING THE COMMONS THE LOCAL EXPERIENCE
Race and Renewal in the Cold War South New Orleans 19471968
The Capital of Good Planning Metropolitan Portland since 1970
Local Initiative and Metropolitan Repetition Chicago 19721990
Reclaiming Common Ground Water Neighborhoods and Public Places
Planning Environmentalism and Urban Poverty The Political Failure of National LandUse Planning Legislation 19701975