"A model of neighborhood history that should inspire further work on the subject of urban districts." -- Jon C. Teaford, American Historical Review
"An important addition to the literature on the history of neighborhoods." -- Patricia Mooney-Melvin, Journal of American History
"This work does a stunning job... in making us realize the importance of neighborhoods. It is the best history of a nineteenth-century neighborhood that I have read." -- Clay McShane, New England Quarterly
"Masterfully recreates the complex public life of this urban neighborhood." -- Andrew Wiese, American Studies
"A rich social and architectural history of a special yet resonant American place." -- Jack BeattySenior, Editor, Atlantic Monthly
"Shows the complexity of places that nostalgia has reduced to apparent simplicity. It also shows how far wrong we can go with simple solutions, and suggests humility in taking things apart when we do not know how they work." -- Michael Holleran, Journal of the American Planning Association
About the Author
Alexander von Hoffman is associate professor in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies and in the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.