Albuquerque: City at the End of the World / Edition 2

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This impassioned book, both a loving description and a critique, defines urban values in a milieu that is rarely recognized as a city. Updated more than ten years after its initial publication, it is more relevant than ever to Albuquerque's future. A new chapter describes Albuquerque's recent development, placing it in the context of urban growth in the West.

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Editorial Reviews

ABQ Arts
Albuquerque is a fascinating read--so fascinating it will probably be devoured in only one or two marathon reading sessions. When finished, the reader will have much better appreciation of the 'city at the end of the world.'
Albuquerque Journal
Makes a case for thoughtful, controlled development, serving as a quiet manifesto urging caring, vigilant citizen involvement in the growth of the city. It is also a concise and accessible presentation of the diverse, delicately balanced forces—cultural, natural, architectural and political—that make Albuquerque unique among American cities.
Books of the Southwest
Combines poetic sensitivity with a journalist's eye. . . . His suggestions for reasoned, sensible growth are relevant for all cities.
El Palacio
Illuminating, provocative. . . . a complex, intelligent study of urbanization through an intimate examination of Albuquerque. . . . an insightful, absorbing book.
New Mexico Magazine
The author's love of this city comes through here, along with cogent description and analysis. This is the seminal work on New Mexico's largest city.
Prime Time
Price thinks and cares a lot about Albuquerque. Anyone who shares these qualities should treat him or herself to a copy of this book.
Washington Post
In focusing on Albuquerque, Price has done the city an estimable service. For visitors and residents alike he has sorted out the most exciting positive aspects of Albuquerque's historical and present-day identities. His book can be read with interest and profit by city lovers everywhere, but above all his messages deserve an appreciative, heedful response in this particular place.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826330970
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 4/18/2003
  • Edition description: Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 231
  • Sales rank: 1,101,518

Meet the Author

V. B. Price is the recipient of the Arts Alliance Bravo Award for Excellence in Literary Arts, the Erna Fergusson Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Alumni Association of the University of New Mexico, and the ACLU-NM First Amendment Award.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition
Preface to the First Edition and Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Value of Locality 3
1 Time and Place 10
2 Reputation and Identity 25
3 Albuquerque and Santa Fe 41
4 Modernism and Regionalism 59
5 A City of Open Spaces 80
6 A Spiritual Region 98
7 A City of Babel 114
8 A City at the End of the World 135
9 Promises, Promises 145
Notes 173
Selected Bibliography 185
Index 191
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