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City Contented, City Discontented: A History of Modern Harrisburg

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In City Contented, City Discontented: A History of Modern Harrisburg, award-winning journalist Paul Beers (1931-2011) reveals how contemporary Harrisburg came to be what it is. In a masterful series of essays, Beers charts the capital's development from a City Beautiful, with its celebrated public spaces and premier educational institutions, through the fractures of race r ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition edition, 404 pages
Published October 21st 2011 by Midtown Scholar Press
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Patrick Frownfelter
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Really great that Harrisburg has such a resource as this that they can refer to and dig into their own history. I learned a great deal about the city I spend much of my time in and the folks that have lived here in the last 100 or so years. It's dated, unfortunately; it stops at 1984, but what is there is rich and interesting to read about.
Sunni
Sep 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Last year I started doing a lot of waterfront walks in Harrisburg and became very curious about Harrisburg's history after seeing the mix of the beautiful architecture on Front St. and the Capitol Bldg. abutting very impoverished areas filled with homeless street people. It must have once been so beautiful and I wonder how it faded. Both the city and some of its people seemed "abandoned" while the West Shore thrives.

This book gives a great overview of Harrisburg's story. The problem is that as a
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Joe McClure
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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A collection of newspaper columns the late Paul Beers wrote in the mid-'80s, this book examines Harrisburg's rise in the first half of the 20th century and its decline in the second half. Beers writes with gracefulness about a range of topics including Harrisburg's reform-minded patrician families, politicians, sports, industry, education, newspapers, racial tensions, entertainment, and heartbreaking decline with the growth of suburbia.

One wonders what Beers would write about Harrisburg's curre
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Patrick Bair
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Really liked this book. Paul Beers' columns acquainted me more closely with the history of Harrisburg. The history explains a lot. A genuine insider's view of the city, city government, the school district, the West Shore, and more. Highly recommend it for anyone living in the region, or who wants to know more about it.
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