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"Rotella does an extraordinary job of describing both the ideology of urban planning and its actual realization in the built environment, and he shows how cultural (literary) constructions of meaning simultaneously reflect and inform social reality."—Richard Slotkin, author of Gunfighter Nation

"A wonderful book, a wholly authoritative mapping of urban literature in the United States from the industrial city of the 1930s and 1940s to the post-industrial landscape of the 1960s. Fascinating and pathbreaking."—Eric Lott, author of Love and Theft

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"Rotella does an extraordinary job of describing both the ideology of urban planning and its actual realization in the built environment, and he shows how cultural (literary) constructions of meaning simultaneously reflect and inform social reality." (Richard Slotkin, author of Gunfighter Nation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; First Edition edition (May 21, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520211448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520211445
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,878,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 1998
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Carlo Rotella's October Cities brings admirable clarity to the often-cloudy debate about the fate of American cities. Examining urban writers like Nelson Algren and Claude Brown, Rotella traces how downtown areas have become 'postindustrial' -- with the flight of manufacturing industries, the separation of black ghettos from the suburban ring, and the burgeoning of a service economy (hotels, glassy highrises) in a downtown that few call home. Rotella performs an impressive balancing act, shifting between an urban history of Chicago, Philadelphia and New York, and a literary history of their most famous streetscapes (Algren's white-ethnic enclaves, Philly's South Street, the Harlem of Claude Brown, Warren Miller and Malcolm X).
Highly recommended for anyone interested in how our downtown areas have become a fait accompli -- magnets for anxieties about crime and racial violence, as well as objects of intense capital speculation.
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