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The City Reader, 5th Edition (The Routledge Urban Reader Series) [Paperback]

Richard T. LeGates , Frederic Stout
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February 24, 2011 0415556651 978-0415556651 5th

The fifth edition of the highly successful City Reader juxtaposes the best classic and contemporary writings on the city. It contains fifty-seven selections including seventeen new contributions by experts including Elijah Anderson, Robert Bruegmann, Michael Dear, Jan Gehl, Harvey Molotch, Clarence Perry, Daphne Spain, Nigel Taylor, Samuel Bass Warner, and others – some of which have been newly written exclusively for The City Reader. Classic writings from Ebenezer Howard, Ernest W. Burgess, LeCorbusier, Lewis Mumford, Jane Jacobs and Louis Wirth, meet the best contemporary writings of Sir Peter Hall, Manuel Castells, David Harvey, Kenneth Jackson.

This edition of  The City Reader has been extensively updated and expanded to reflect the latest thinking in each of the disciplinary areas included and in topical areas such as sustainable urban development, climate change, globalization, and the impact of technology on cities. The plate sections have been extensively revised and expanded and a new plate section on global cities has been added.

The anthology features general and section introductions and introductions to the selected articles. New to the fifth edition is a bibliography listing over 100 of the top books for those studying Cities.

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"LeGates and Stout have crafted an introductory text aimed at “students who will encounter many of the writers and writings for the first time” (page 3). They introduce the field in a prologue entitled “How to Study Cities” that offers guidance on where to find courses on cities within universities, on the differing views students will encounter across disciplines, on the utility of theory versus applied research and practical knowledge, on the varied methods used to study cities, and on the field’s key organizations and journals. The authors guide the reader through the volume by offering introductory essays for each major section and short introductions to each selection. The section introductions raise larger questions students need to bear in mind, and also link current discussions to historical issues. Together these introductions act as a sort of connective tissue for the volume as a whole, pointing out recurrent themes and helping us to see current problems in historical context." - Elizabeth J. Mueller, University of Texas at Austin

About the Author

Richard T. LeGates is Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies and Planning at San Francisco State University.

Frederic Stout is Lecturer in Urban Studies at Stanford University.




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  • Series: Routledge Urban Reader Series
  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 5th edition (February 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415556651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415556651
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended December 3, 2001
By tbrady
Legates and Stout do an excellent job of compiling and briefly explaining many seminal writings on cities. There is a lot to read here and I'm not yet finished. But this heavy book is full of informative, interesting and fun writings and provides an excellent introduction to the study of cities. This is essential reading for students of Urban Form, Architecture, and the Social Sciences. Includes Le Corbusier, Patrick Geddes, Jane Jacobs, Lewis Mumford, J.B. Jackson, Witold Rybczynski and many others.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Intro to Urban Planning I've Ever Read July 6, 2002
By L Mann
As a first year Urban Planner, this book was on the required readings list for our course. This book gave me the edge to all my fellow students because it provided a detailed sample through a historical and progressive manner. It provides the fundamentals of the great thinkers in Urban Planning. It also covered and introduced me to further research on areas such as design and sociology, promoting further personal research.
As a second year student, this book can always be seen in my bibliography, and is always the first thing I head towards for a brief history on any concepts that are raised in my lecturers.
This book can be seen as THE general summary of Urban Planning.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone who enjoys cities! October 26, 2006
This book is a very interesting collection of essays from prominent intellectuals who have shown concern over the development of cities in various aspects, whether it be economics, sociology, or other fields.

Excellent for anyone interested in urbanism, it's problems, it's development, it's future.

The book focuses heavily on U.S. cities, particularly Los Angeles and New York. It would have been nice if the book would had included articles on other large cities in the world.

Despite this, the book is an excellent read which encourages the reader to rethink the way he/she sees the city.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Anthology! September 21, 2009
I use this book in an Urban Soc course I teach. It is the finest anthology I've come across in terms of content and editorial introductions etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great transaction! September 25, 2011
By May18
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Very smooth transaction! No problem and item came pn time! Thanks. The book itself is very informative. Great resource for urban planning
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting February 26, 2011
By Anna
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Was forced to read this book for a class. Before long I was reading it for fun. Extracts from different groups of people in regards to cities, construction, and communities. Very interesting concepts and ideas.
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