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Close-Up: How to Read the American City (Phoenix Book; P863) Reprint Edition

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ISBN-10: 0226109453
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From the Back Cover

In this book I offer assertions, short cuts, mental games, and other tools; I propose ways to grapple with everyday, visible, accessible evidence of the so-called urban revolutions of our time. My examples are chosen from everyday events and familiar objects, the happenings and places of ordinary life, from the street rather than from the laboratory. All these can and should be tested, criticized, improved upon or modified. I hope this effort will encourage others to look at urban change in more organized ways.

About the Author

Clay is director of The Gazetteer Project.
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Product Details

  • 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: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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