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Author Isenberg, Alison.

Title Downtown America : a history of the place and the people who made it / Alison Isenberg.

Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2004.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  307.7609 Is2d 2004    ---  Available
Description xviii, 441 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Series Historical studies of urban America
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [321]-419) and index.
Contents Beyond decline : assessing the values of urban commercial life in the twentieth century -- City beautiful or beautiful mess? The gendered origins of a civic ideal -- Fixing an image of commercial dignity : postcards and the business of planning Main Street -- "Mrs. Consumer," "Mrs. Brown America," and "Mr. Chain Store Man" : economic woman and the laws of retail -- Main Street's interior frontier : innovation amid Depression and War -- "The Demolition of our outworn past" : Suburban shoppers and the logic of urban renewal -- The hollow prize? Black buyers, racial violence, and the riot renaissance -- Animated by nostalgia : preservation and vacancy since the 1960s -- Conclusion : "The lights are much brighter there".
Subject Cities and towns -- United States -- History.
Central business districts -- United States -- History.
City and town life -- United States -- History.
Community life -- United States -- History.
Inner cities -- United States -- History.
Urban renewal -- United States -- History.
City planning -- United States -- History.
ISBN 0226385078 (alk. paper)
0226385086 (pbk. : alk. paper)

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