The Essential William H. Whyte / Edition 2

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The Essential William H. Whyte offers the core writings of a great observer of the postwar American scene. Included are selections from The Organization Man, Securing Space for Urban America: Conservation Easements, The Last Landscape, The Social Life of Urban Spaces, and City: Rediscovering the Center, as well as many of Whyte's articles from Fortune Magazine.
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Douglas A. Sylva
Reading The Essential William H. Whyte restores faith that change can be understood, and that the ever-quickening pace of change can, sometimes, even be directed or controlled.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823220250
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 383
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Albert LaFarge was raised in New York City, where he has worked as a book editor since 1985.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Preface and Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
The Rise of Organization Man 1
The Class of '49 3
The Transients 15
How the New Suburbia Socializes 31
The Fallacies of "Personality" Testing 43
"Give the Devils No Mercy" 67
from The Organization Man (1956) 75
Introduction 76
A Generation of Bureaucrats 81
The Fight Against Genius 86
Conclusion 94
The Case for the Universal Card 103
You, Too, Can Write the Casual Style 109
How to Back into a Fortune Story 115
The Exploding Metropolis 121
Urban Sprawl 123
from Securing Open Space for Urban America: Conservation Easements (1959) 141
Foreword 141
The Precedents 145
The Public Purpose 150
from The Last Landscape (1968) 159
Easements 159
Cluster Development 179
The New Towns 201
The Case for Crowding 217
The Living Street 225
New York and Tokyo: A Study in Crowding 227
from The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces (1980) 247
Introduction 247
The Life of Plazas 252
Indoor Spaces 259
Smaller Cities and Places 266
from City: Rediscovering the Center (1988) 269
Street People 269
The Sensory Street 296
The Undesirables 310
Blank Walls 317
The Corporate Exodus 324
The Case for Gentrification 335
Appendices 341
Appendix A From the California Easement Act, 1959 343
Appendix B Sample Scenic Easement Deed, State of California, 1946 345
Appendix C Digest of Open-Space Zoning Provisions, New York City, 1975 349
Appendix D Affidavit of William H. Whyte in Turley v. New York City Police Dept., 1994 355
Notes 361
Selected Works 371
Permissions Acknowledgments 373
Index 375
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