The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston

The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston

by Emily Hiestand
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807071439

ISBN-13: 9780807071434

Pub. Date: 07/28/2004

Publisher: Beacon Press

Boston has persevered through the bad old days to thrive, and more, to make a kind of statement about the good city. The good city is innovative and fun, it is prosperous, it strives for justice and sustainability, but above all, it is alive. -From the Introduction by Paul Grogan

The Good City presents a vivid new profile of Boston through the work of fifteen

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Boston has persevered through the bad old days to thrive, and more, to make a kind of statement about the good city. The good city is innovative and fun, it is prosperous, it strives for justice and sustainability, but above all, it is alive. -From the Introduction by Paul Grogan

The Good City presents a vivid new profile of Boston through the work of fifteen of the city's finest writers.

Robert Campbell and Jane Holtz Kay on Boston's embrace of lively urban density
James Miller on the city's intellectual history
Jack Beatty on Boston's colorful political past and present
Patricia Powell on the literary landscape and the immigrant experience
Susan Orlean on the city she left and now loves
John Hanson Mitchell on how nature revives the metropolis
Anita Diamant on Boston as a spiritual home
Scott Kirsner on Boston as a powerhouse of scientific and technological innovation
Alan Chong on the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the arts in Boston
Lynda Morgenroth on the city's neighborhoods
Michael Patrick MacDonald on gentrification and what it means to old neighborhoods like Southie
Derrick Jackson on Boston as a laboratory for advancing race relations
Howard Bryant on the city's obsession with sports
Irene Smalls on seeing the city through the eyes of a child.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807071434
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Publication date:
07/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
1,366,456
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.54(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the comeback city1
Hooked on Boston : a love story12
An Eden of sorts : an unnatural history of the Shawmut Peninsula16
A racial lab for the twenty-first century30
A literary landscape : from Jamaica to Boston43
Innovation city58
A mixing chamber74
On location : place and politics in a changing city77
An intimate geography : Boston neighborhoods85
There goes the neighborhood98
Whose city, whose hill? The tradition of exclusivity in Boston politics109
Isabella Stewart Gardner's museum : a legacy for America121
A splendid anachronism134
Boston's children and the power of play141
Good sports, bad sports152
Bridging difference : we're all here now163

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