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Close-Up: How to Read the American City (Phoenix Book; P863) Paperback – April 15, 1980

ISBN-13: 978-0226109459 ISBN-10: 0226109453 Edition: Reprint

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  • Series: Phoenix Book; P863
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; Reprint edition (April 15, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226109453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226109459
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Ellen Sewell on September 10, 2001
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Close-Up is a fun and friendly guide to thinking about American cities generically. With it you can begin to understand why cities look the way they do, why they are organized the way they, and ewhy they change the way they change. I have used this book teaching urban theory to both undergraduates and graduate students, and they have found it eye-opening; it made them see their city in a whole new way. The drawings are fun and informative. Though this book was written in 1973, which makes some of its examples dated, the insights it gives into urban form are not dated at all, and should be useful well into the 21st century.
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