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City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2012
I'm a sucker for books that play on the mythical city in the mind -- the primordial blueprint that resonates through every real city. A sort of concentrated, logical daydream on the subject of the "city," this book will thrill any armchair "urban studies" enthusiast -- (the humanities sort, not the statistics sort). City: A Guidebook takes the form of a travel guide. But instead of looking at a particular city, it looks every city, the universal city. The book covers the mythical, philosophical and theological histories of the city. Highly recommended for writers looking for story concepts, partygoers looking for conversation topics, and anyone looking to understand exactly what are these vast, sprawling organisms that so much of humanity calls home.

A similarly intriguing work is City Shaped by Kostof. Its focus, however, is more topological. Those who are as interested in the reflexive play of language as they are in the sprawl and labyrinths of urban settings might want to check out THE Book of Word Games: by David Parlett.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2012
This book is half love letter, half guidebook. It takes you through from the earliest cities in modern-day Iraq to plans for cities not yet built, focusing on similarities rather than differences. The format is similar to actual tourist guidebooks, but instead of focusing on the points of interest in a single city, the author writes about train stations or carnivals or walls or graffiti across the ages and continents. Highly recommended!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2013
City is not an academic work, but a book to provoke discussions and thoughtful reflection, and the occasional "Hey listen to this!" It also sends the reader to Google Map for a good look at the sites mentioned. I borrowed it from my public library on Kindle, but I think I will have to buy a hard copy to keep and scribble pencil notes in, it's that kind of book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2013
Liked this as it wasn't some typical urban planning treatise on the perfect city. Provided some intriguing insights and an evolutionary story (actually several different threads about what makes a city and how those elements have evolved) and is well told. I'm an architect and most urban planning texts are heady eye-glazing stuff, but not this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2014
We have here a man who believes, as I do, that cities are the motor of civilization, that cities are humanity's best hope of avoiding the slings and arrows of misfortune and deliberate stupidity. The book treats the history of the common parts of cities, the markets and the jails, the entry ports and the neighborhoods that make up life for two billion modern people. His discussion of the evolution of each part is interesting, his conclusions of what needs to be done is elegant.

I am a citydweller, born in Chicago, spending all of my controllable life in Chicago, New York and LA. I love cities even the grimy parts and it seems to me Mr. Smith does too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2014
If you want to know a complete overview of the city, how they started, problems they solved and how they survived then this is the book for you. I was hoping for a better vision of the future on where they might go from here but alas, was not to be. But what was told was very good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great intro to the city and urban life. This is a hymn to urban life and urbanity....so don't look for doom and gloom here. great book.
Note: Kindle edition endnote references are not activated. -_-
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2014
An excellent survey - a text for a beginning urban studies course. And a refresher for us older students, who left school decades ago to live around the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2015
I had to get this for class and ended up unexpectedly reading the whole thing.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2013
This book approaches the subject by looking at key institutions such as hotels, railway stations and so forth. The book is a bit light on data references and therefore is more of a light read than a serious analysis..
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