City-Building in America / Edition 1

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This book speaks to the problems that are happening today within America's cities.
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This thoughtful study examines why certain urban areas grow and continue to be healthy while others decline in population and job opportunities. Using the cities of Milwaukee, Cleveland, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Austin as examples, Orum (sociology, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago) explores the political and economic factors that can lead to a city's decline as well as to its rebirth and health. These factors range from the continued ability to annex land to the importance of enlightened and aggressive political leadership. Most telling is the comparative analysis of Milwaukee and Austin, the former a declining industrial city, the latter a city experiencing tremendous growth. Orum provides important lessons for politicians, planners, and business leaders. Highly recommended.H. Ward Jandl, National Park Svc., Washington, D.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813308432
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 261
  • Lexile: 1540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony M. Orum is head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1 Building, Unbuilding, and Rebuilding American Cities 3
2 Themes and Perspectives on the American City 9
3 Pre-Industrial Milwaukee: 1818-1870 25
4 Early Industrial Milwaukee: 1870-1900 49
5 Mature Industrial Milwaukee: 1900-1930 73
6 Reshaping Industrial Milwaukee: 1930-1950 101
7 The Decline of Industrial Milwaukee: 1950-1990 117
8 An Analytic Summary of Milwaukee 141
9 The Rise and Fall of Industrial Cleveland 153
10 The Rise of a Post-Industrial City: Austin, Texas 165
11 The Rebirth of Minneapolis-St. Paul: Creating a Post-Industrial City in the Midwest 181
12 Building Cities in America 195
Notes 209
About the Book and Author 245
Index 247
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