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The Birth of City Planning in the United States, 1840-1917
     

The Birth of City Planning in the United States, 1840-1917

by Jon A. Peterson, David Schuyler (Editor), Edward K. Muller (Editor), Gregory Conniff (Editor), 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

Overview

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 planners—Daniel Burnham, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., Charles Mulford Robinson, John Nolen, and others—who 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.

Editorial Reviews

Journal of American History
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.

Environmental History - Adam Rome
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.

Choice
In this clearly written, meticulously researched, and profusely illustrated monograph, Peterson describes the birth, growth, and decline of city planning in the US.

History: Reviews of New Books - Christopher Silver
A terrific book, absolutely essential reading for students and scholars of U.S. planning, urban, and Progressive Era history.

Journal of Planning Education and Research - Eugenie L. Birch
A masterpiece, impeccable in its research and brilliant in its interpretation... an authoritative reference for planning history and a basic resource for planning theory.

Planning Perspectives - John L. Hancock
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.

Urban History - Steven J. Hoffman
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.

Material Culture - Carlos Nunes Silva
An excellent piece of research and constitutes a significant contribution to the literature in this field.

Environmental History
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.

— Adam Rome

History: Reviews of New Books
A terrific book, absolutely essential reading for students and scholars of U.S. planning, urban, and Progressive Era history.

— Christopher Silver

Planning Perspectives
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.

— John L. Hancock

Material Culture
An excellent piece of research and constitutes a significant contribution to the literature in this field.

— Carlos Nunes Silva

Urban History
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.

— Steven J. Hoffman

Journal of Planning Education and Research
A masterpiece, impeccable in its research and brilliant in its interpretation... an authoritative reference for planning history and a basic resource for planning theory.

— Eugenie L. Birch

History: Reviews of New Books - Christopher Silver

A terrific book, absolutely essential reading for students and scholars of U.S. planning, urban, and Progressive Era history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801872105
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Series:
Creating the North American Landscape Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
431
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

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Richard Longstreth
Peterson has given us a first-rate account not just of the City Beautiful Movement, but of planning in the U.S., one of the best I have read. He shows his mastery of presenting material in a concise, straightforward manner that is also engaging, filled with nuance, and rich in its depth.

Meet the Author

Jon A. Peterson is a professor of history at Queens College, City University of New York.

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