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Cityscapes of Boston: An American City Through Time

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Robert Campbell's eloquent and witty text sculpts an image of how Boston has changed with time. Each pair of pictures compares a site in Boston in the past and in the present. This book also explores the evolution of cities in general--how they develop and decay, build up and spread out, and revive and change. Beautiful black-and-white photography gives an insightful ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published March 15th 1994 by Mariner Books (first published June 19th 1992)
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Mike
Jul 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Terrific book. Robert Campbell is a opinionated and holds strong convictions. And he really humanizes buildings sometimes even comparing them to people. Vanderwarker does a terrific job keeping the photos from getting too formulaic. It is absolutely fascinating learning the history behind what has changed culturally between the two photos of each location.

Things Campbell believes:
1. A building should fill the block it is on... and if it is on a corner, it should fill it like the Flat Iron.
2. We
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Zaiga
Mar 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Although I enjoy the "that was then, this is now" photos, there was one too many essay whining about soul-less skyscrapers monstrous concrete boxes. Granted, some modern architecture IS ugly, awkward and soul-less, but their obvious prejudice for earlier architectural styles makes this book rather uneven. They give the impression that NOTHING in Boston has changed for the better.

I do want to go to all these locations now and see what change has occured since the book was published (1992).
Julie
Dec 07, 2007 added it
This is a great book for reading a piece at a time. Each page shows a picture of Boston taken "then" and "now" and gives a page of history on how it's changed. Really amazing -- but I'm a sucker for old photographs, and the history of places where I live.
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