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From the Publisher"Since America became an urban society, its cities have been asource of heated debate. Their condition has resulted not just fromthe unfolding of economic forces but also from policies rooted in amentality that has regarded urbanism as threatening. In this highlyoriginal work Bob Beauregard ferrets out the history of theAmerican city as it existed in the popular imagination. Hisbrilliant - and entertaining - investigation reveals the mind setthat has defined America's urban problems and thereby seriouslylimited the possibilities for addressing them." Susan S.Fainstein, Rutgers University
"An original and authoritative look at the place of cities intwentieth century American culture. The catalogue of differentvoices that Beauregard uncovers will force us into new ways ofseeing the 'decline' of U. S. cities." Professor J. Dear,University of Southern California
"Voices of Decline is a solid, original contribution -well-written, insightful, provocative, and instructive. The bookaccomplishes it goals admirably, providing the best work I haveseen on methodology of 20th century U. S. urban study. I am pleasedto recommend it with enthusiasm." John S. Adams, University ofMinnesota
"A solid, original contribution, well written, insightful,provocative, and instructive. The book accomplishes its goalsadmirably, providing the best work I have seen on methodology of20th century US urban study. I am pleased."