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The City Reader [Paperback]

Richard T. Legates , Frederic Stout
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Oct. 11 1999 Routledge Urban Reader Series
The second edition of The City Reader brings together the very best writing on the city. Fifty-five generous selections are included: thirty from the first edition and twenty-five entirely new ones. Each piece is introduced with a brief intellectual biography and a review of the authors writings and related literature, and an explanation of how the piece fits into the broader context of urban history and practice, competing ideological perspectives on the city, and the major current debates concerning race and gender, global restructuring, sustainable urban development, the impact of technology and postmodernism.

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'Simply brilliant. An essential reader for anyone.' - Heidi Grainger, Liverpool University

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Richard T. LeGates is Professor of Urban Studies at San Francisco State University. Frederic Stout is Lecturer in Urban Studies at Stanford University.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Intro to Urban Planning I've Ever Read July 6 2002
By L Mann
Format:Paperback
As a first year Urban Planner, this book was on the required readings list for our course. This book gave me the edge to all my fellow students because it provided a detailed sample through a historical and progressive manner. It provides the fundamentals of the great thinkers in Urban Planning. It also covered and introduced me to further research on areas such as design and sociology, promoting further personal research.
As a second year student, this book can always be seen in my bibliography, and is always the first thing I head towards for a brief history on any concepts that are raised in my lecturers.
This book can be seen as THE general summary of Urban Planning.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended Dec 3 2001
By tbrady
Format:Paperback
Legates and Stout do an excellent job of compiling and briefly explaining many seminal writings on cities. There is a lot to read here and I'm not yet finished. But this heavy book is full of informative, interesting and fun writings and provides an excellent introduction to the study of cities. This is essential reading for students of Urban Form, Architecture, and the Social Sciences. Includes Le Corbusier, Patrick Geddes, Jane Jacobs, Lewis Mumford, J.B. Jackson, Witold Rybczynski and many others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended Dec 3 2001
By tbrady - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Legates and Stout do an excellent job of compiling and briefly explaining many seminal writings on cities. There is a lot to read here and I'm not yet finished. But this heavy book is full of informative, interesting and fun writings and provides an excellent introduction to the study of cities. This is essential reading for students of Urban Form, Architecture, and the Social Sciences. Includes Le Corbusier, Patrick Geddes, Jane Jacobs, Lewis Mumford, J.B. Jackson, Witold Rybczynski and many others.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Intro to Urban Planning I've Ever Read July 6 2002
By L Mann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As a first year Urban Planner, this book was on the required readings list for our course. This book gave me the edge to all my fellow students because it provided a detailed sample through a historical and progressive manner. It provides the fundamentals of the great thinkers in Urban Planning. It also covered and introduced me to further research on areas such as design and sociology, promoting further personal research.
As a second year student, this book can always be seen in my bibliography, and is always the first thing I head towards for a brief history on any concepts that are raised in my lecturers.
This book can be seen as THE general summary of Urban Planning.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone who enjoys cities! Oct. 26 2006
By The Intellectual - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a very interesting collection of essays from prominent intellectuals who have shown concern over the development of cities in various aspects, whether it be economics, sociology, or other fields.

Excellent for anyone interested in urbanism, it's problems, it's development, it's future.

The book focuses heavily on U.S. cities, particularly Los Angeles and New York. It would have been nice if the book would had included articles on other large cities in the world.

Despite this, the book is an excellent read which encourages the reader to rethink the way he/she sees the city.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Anthology! Sept. 21 2009
By Jacqueline M Zalewski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I use this book in an Urban Soc course I teach. It is the finest anthology I've come across in terms of content and editorial introductions etc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting Feb. 26 2011
By Anna - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Was forced to read this book for a class. Before long I was reading it for fun. Extracts from different groups of people in regards to cities, construction, and communities. Very interesting concepts and ideas.
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