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The Unfinished City: New York and the Metropolitan Idea
One of the nation's leading historians makes the most compelling case yet for why we should care about American cities. Throughout American history, cities have been a powerful source of inspiration and energy, nourishing the spirit of invention and the world of intellect, and fueling movements for innovation and reform. In The Unfinished City, the nationally renowned urba ...more
Hardcover, 287 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by New Press, The
(first published 2002)
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The range here is impressively wide, or so it appears at first glance -- a cursory inspection reveals that these parameters are clearly far too wide for the reach of the provincial Thomas Bender, who falls into the trap of "liking a little bit of everything" at the cost of in-depth scrutiny, let alone basic historicity. He makes the painfully ignorant claim that New York has never been given a thorough literary treatment like London and Paris have by European novelists such as Dickens and Balzac ...more
Jan 09, 2010 Adam rated it liked it
I picked this book up during my 'if it says New York on it, in it or near it, I'll read it' phase. It was a bit too 'academic' for me at the time. Meaning I didn't know a lot of the people who were integral parts of NYC history and that they composed a lot of the 'meat' of the essays within it left me feeling like a remedial student in an A.P. class. All in all, though, it was very informative. Probably better suited for a college urban studies class' 'required reading' list.