A masterpiece, impeccable in its research and brilliant in its interpretation... an authoritative reference for planning history and a basic resource for planning theory.
The Birth of City Planning in the United States, 1840-1917 (Creating the North American Landscape Series)by Jon A. Peterson, Jona Peterson
This long-awaited book by Jon A. Peterson presents a sweeping narrative history of the origins of city planning in the United States, from its nineteenth-century antecedents to its flowering in the early twentieth century. Deeply researched, well-written, and engaging, the text is supplemented by an outstanding selection of historic plans, illustrations, and… See more details below
This long-awaited book by Jon A. Peterson presents a sweeping narrative history of the origins of city planning in the United States, from its nineteenth-century antecedents to its flowering in the early twentieth century. Deeply researched, well-written, and engaging, the text is supplemented by an outstanding selection of historic plans, illustrations, and photographs.
Topics covered in detail include the McMillan Plan for Washington, D.C. (the first comprehensive plan for an American city), the City Beautiful movement, the major plannersDaniel Burnham, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., Charles Mulford Robinson, John Nolen, and otherswho led the planning movement; the ascendancy of a generalist approach to the shaping of the physical city, the role of the Progressive Era reform, and the emergence of city planning as a novel field of public endeavor. This book will appeal to students and scholars in urban studies, community planning, American history (the Guilded Age and Progressive Era), American studies, architectural and landscape history, as well as environmental and planning history, including practicing professionals in related fields.
Johns Hopkins University Press
Taken as a whole, this careful work should please anyone seeking both an aesthetic and social justice perspective. Scholars owe Jon Peterson many thanks for this definitive history of modern American city planning's birth in the Progressive Era.
Delightfully well written and soundly researched, The Birth of City Planning is essential reading for anyone wishing to gain insight into how we think about American cities.
An excellent piece of research and constitutes a significant contribution to the literature in this field.
In this clearly written, meticulously researched, and profusely illustrated monograph, Peterson describes the birth, growth, and decline of city planning in the US.
No understanding of early twentieth-century political and cultural history will be complete without this thorough account of the Progressive Era's most visible legacy.
Eugenie L. Birch
John L. Hancock
Steven J. Hoffman
Carlos Nunes Silva
The rise of city planning in the United States was tied to several issues and movements that long have concerned historians of environmentalism. Peterson's outstanding account of the birth of city planning therefore ought to be part of all future discussions of environmental activism in the period before World War I.
A terrific book, absolutely essential reading for students and scholars of U.S. planning, urban, and Progressive Era history.
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