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Chatham Village: Pittsburgh's Garden City Hardcover – April 30, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (April 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822944065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822944065
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 9.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,797,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Chatham Village was a Depression-era model in community planning that has remained faithful to its founding mission while accommodating itself to rampant change. Angelique Bamberg provides a preservationist perspective on one of Pittsburgh’s many urban treasures while considering its meaning in relation to the New Urbanism of the early twenty-first century. Hers is a thoughtful, even-handed, and much-needed study.”
—Kenneth Kolson, The Ohio State University

“Chatham Village was originally sponsored by the Buhl Foundation as an affordable and attractive white-collar enclave of Pittsburgh. It is still a cohesive, economical, and green community that remains relevant as an alternative to wasteful suburban sprawl. Bamberg has written a highly readable and informative study of this important early experiment in community planning for the automobile age.”
—Stanley Buder, Baruch College

“The pleasures of ‘Chatham Village’  begin the moment you pick up the book. . . . Bamberg proves to be as knowledgeable and articulate on the page as she was in person, analyzing the merits of Pittsburgh buildings before the city’s Historic Review Commission. . . . Essential reading for today’s developers of public and private housing.”
—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Handsomely illustrated and . . . illuminating.“
—H-Net Reviews

“Beautifully designed, well-illustrated, and carefully crafted . . . a beautiful and nicely written saga of what good planning and good management can accomplish in housing if all the stars—the vision, the resources, and the ideal circumstances—are aligned.”
—Pennsylvania Magazine of History & Biography

About the Author

Angelique Bamberg is an independent consultant specializing in city planning and historic preservation and an instructor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Morris on July 6, 2011
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Anyone who has ever lived in Chatham Village, or anyone who is interested in community planning will certainly be interested in this finely researched book about one of the country's first and most successful planned communities. Ms. Bamberg begins with a thorough history of the concept behind the idea for such a community. Admittedly, I had a special interest in the subject since I grew up in Chatham Village and my parents lived there for over 40 years. The author did a thorough job of bringing this concept community to life and juxtaposing it to other similar communities of the time. Photographs, some from the building phase over 80 years ago, brought added interest to the material.
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I knew about and had always admired Chatham Village, but did not realize how much of a social experiment it was.
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