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Voices of Decline: The Postwar Fate of US Cities

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[FOR HISTORY CATALOGS]Drawing on the pronouncements of public commentators, this book portrays the 20th century history of U.S. cities, focusing specifically on how commentators crafted a discourse of urban decline and prosperity peculiar to the post-World War II era. The efforts of these commentators spoke to the foundational ambivalence Americans have toward their cities ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 27th 2002 by Routledge (first published October 25th 2002)
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May 14, 2013 Eshita rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, theory
Voices of Decline: The Postwar Fate of US Cities came to my attention while sifting through the books at my university's library within the architecture building. I had never before read anything relating to urbanism and society, other than excerpts of things written by Jane Jacobs and Victor Gruen.

Voices of Decline provides a look into the timeline of cities after World War II. Discussing the issues plaguing cities and what causes it, the book attempts to bring to light problems that are not of
Mar 07, 2015 Jennyb rated it did not like it
Unfinishable, which it pains me to admit about one of the topics I love most. The problem is that the book isn't about the decline and rebirth of cities, but about the literature about the decline and rebirth of cities. In other words, not about the cities themselves so much as how they were portrayed. It was punishingly boring, and I forced myself to slog halfway through, at which point, I realized forcing myself to carry on would be slowly murdering my own soul. So I abandoned it. Take caution ...more
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