The Making of Urban America: A History of City Planning in the United States / Edition 1

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Overview

This comprehensive survey of urban growth in America has become a standard work in the field. From the early colonial period to the First World War, John Reps explores to what extent city planning has been rooted in the nation's tradition, showing the extent of European influence on early communities. Illustrated by over three hundred reproductions of maps, plans, and panoramic views, this book presents hundreds of American cities and the unique factors affecting their development.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of the Town Planning Institute
This excellent book may well be described as the missing link in American town planning history. No book [to date] has comprehensively dealt with American urban development from the earliest colonial settlements to modern times. Reps has filled this gap with his lavishly illustrated work.
The New York Times
An exhaustive research document on the history of city planning in the United States. . . . A cartographic gem.
The Los Angeles Times
An extraordinarily handsome volume.
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"An exhaustive research document on the history of city planning in the United States. . . . A cartographic gem."—The New York Times

"An extraordinarily handsome volume."—The Los Angeles Times

"This excellent book may well be described as the missing link in American town planning history. No book [to date] has comprehensively dealt with American urban development from the earliest colonial settlements to modern times. Reps has filled this gap with his lavishly illustrated work."—Journal of the Town Planning Institute

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691006185
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 10.34 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 1.54 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
1 European Planning on the Eve of American Colonization 1
2 The Spanish Towns of Colonial America 26
3 The Towns of New France 56
4 Town Planning in the Tidewater Colonies 88
5 New Towns in a New England 115
6 New Amsterdam, Philadelphia, and Towns of the Middle Colonies 147
7 Colonial Towns of Carolina and Georgia 175
8 Pioneer Cities of the Ohio Valley 204
9 Planning the National Capital 240
10 Boulevard Baroque and Diagonal Designs 263
11 Gridiron Cities and Checkerboard Plans 294
12 Cemeteries, Parks, and Suburbs: Picturesque Planning in the Romantic Style 325
13 Cities for Sale: Land Speculation in American Planning 349
14 Towns by the Tracks 382
15 The Towns the Companies Built 414
16 Cities of Zion: The Planning of Utopian and Religious Communities 439
17 Minor Towns and Mutant Plans 475
18 Chicago Fair and Capital City: The Rebirth of American Urban Planning 497
Notes on the Illustrations 527
Note on Cartographic Research Methods 541
Acknowledgments 543
Bibliography 545
Index 563
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