I am a Professor of Architecture and History at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. I am the author of The Creative Destruction of Manhattan, 1900-1940 (University of Chicago Press, 1999), which won the Spiro Kostof Award of the Society of Architectural Historians, for the best book on architecture and urbanism. I write for a variety of publications about New York City, urban development, and the politics of the past. I am also the co-editor (with Steven Conn) of Building the Nation: Americans Write About Their Architecture, Their Cities, and Their Environment (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003), as well as the co-editor (with Randall Mason) of Giving Preservation a History: Histories of Historic Preservation in the United States (Routledge, 2003). For the hundredth anniversary of Times Square in 2004, I curated an exhibition on the history of the Square at the AXA Gallery in New York City. My latest book, The City's End: Two Centuries of Fantasies, Fears, and Premonitions of New York's Destruction was published by Yale University Press in 2008. You can learn more about The City's End at www.thecitysend.com. I am a recipient of fellowships from the Howard Foundation, Fulbright Commission, and Guggenheim Foundation. My next book project is entitled Priceless: Rethinking Historic Preservation in the 21st Century.