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Saving America's Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age

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The story of the postwar American city as refracted through the life and career of the urban planner Edward J. Logue

In twenty-first-century America, some cities are flourishing and others are struggling, but they all must contend with deteriorating infrastructure, economic inequality, and unaffordable housing. Cities have limited tools to address these problems, and many
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Hardcover, 560 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Lizabeth Cohen
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In twenty-first-century America, some cities are flourishing and others are struggling, but they all must contend with deteriorating infrastructure, economic inequality, and unaffordable housing. Cities have limited tools to address these problems, and many must rely on the private market to support the public good.

It wasn't always this way. For almost three decades after World War II, even as national policies promoted
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Stephen Meyers
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Saving America's Cities is a thoroughly researched biography/history of Ed Logue, a prominent leader in urban renewal and redevelopment. Logue began his career in rebuilding cities in New Haven, moving on to head the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and the New York State Urban Development Corporation (UDC) before ending his career in the South Bronx, He was a domineering personality, but unlike Robert Moses, Logue was focussed on improving the quality of life of the poor and less affluent, ...more
Russell Belding
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have always wondered if anyone would ever write a comprehensive history of American urban renewal. This is perhaps the closest we will get to such a thing. Ms. Cohen notes, "I have taken a biographical approach in this book in hopes that it will help engage readers." Ed Logue's career serves as a good framework for an urban renewal history. I think that most people who think about the topic at all remember unwelcome intrusions of "experts" into communities, who tore down neighborhoods in the ...more
Noah
Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I have a really long review on this Twitter thread, but the gist of it is that this is the project we need but not the book to do it. What we need is a new look at the breadth of urban renewal, to expand and complicate our vision of what was a changing and contested set of policies over a 40-year period. What we got was basically a biography, without the intellectual or political/legal context that would make it really work.

https://twitter.com/n_kazis/status/11...
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Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was especially interested in the history of Roosevelt Island development (including that the tram exists because there were delays in construction of the subway station that allowed the island to open to housing) and the utopian ideals of the New Town movement that it was part of.
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