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The City Reader

5th Edition

Edited by Richard T. LeGates, Frederic Stout

© 2011 – Routledge

704 pages | 50 B/W Illus.

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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.


"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

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Evolution of Cities Introduction 1. Kingsley Davis "The Urbanization of the Human Population" 2. V. Gordon Childe, "The Urban Revolution" 3. H.D.F. Kitto "The Polis" 4. Frederick Engels "The Great Towns" 5. Samuel Bass Warner "U.S. Urban History" 6. Kenneth T. Jackson "The Drive-in Culture of Contemporary America" 7. Robert Fishman "Beyond Suburbia: The Rise of the Technoburb" Plate Section 1: The Evolution of Cities Part 2: Urban Culture and Society Introduction 8. Lewis Mumford "What is a City?" 9. Louis Wirth "Urbanism as a Way of Life" 10. Jane Jacobs "The Use of Sidewalks: Safety" 11. W.E.B. Du Bois "The Negro Problems of Philadelphia," "The Question of Earning a Living," and "Color Prejudice" 12. William Julius Wilson "From Institutional to Jobless Ghettos" 13. Elijah Anderson "Decent and Street Families" 14. Robert D. Putnam "Bowling Alone" 15. Richard Florida "The Creative Class" 16. Frederic Stout "Visions of a New Reality: The City and the Emergence of Modern Visual Culture" Plate Section 2: Visions of a New Reality Part 3: Urban Space Introduction 17. Ernest W. Burgess "The Growth of the City" 18. Michael Dear "The Los Angeles School of Urbanism: An Intellectual History" 19. Daphne Spain "What Happened to Gender Relations on the Way from Chicago to Los Angeles" 20. Ali Madanipour "Social Exclusion and Space" 21. Mike Davis "Fortress L.A." 22. J.B. Jackson "The Almost Perfect Town" 23. Robert Bruegmann "The Causes of Sprawl" Part 4: Urban Politics, Governance and Economics Introduction 24. David Harvey, "Contested Cities: Social Processes and Spatial Form" 25. Sherry Arnstein "A Ladder of Citizen Participation" 26. Harvey Molotch "The City as a Growth Machine: Toward a Political Economy of Place" 27. James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling "Broken Windows" 28. Wilbur Thompson "The City as Distorted Price System" 29. Michael Porter "The Competitive Advantage of the Inner City" 30. Myron Orfield, "Metropolitics" Plate Section 3: Social and Symbolic Uses of Urban Space Part 5: Urban Planning History and Visions Introduction 31. Frederick Law Olmsted "Public Parks and the Enlargement of Towns" 32. Ebenezer Howard "Author’s Introduction" and "The Town-Country Magnet" 33. Le Corbusier "A Contemporary City" 34. Frank Lloyd Wright "Broadacre City: A New Community Plan" 35. World Commission on Environment & Development "Towards Sustainable Development" 36. Congress of the New Urbanism "Charter of the New Urbanism" 37. Peter Calthorpe and William Fulton "Designing the Region" and "Designing the Region is Designing the Neighborhood" Part 6: Urban Planning Thoery and Practice Introduction 38. Peter Hall "The City of Theory" 39. Nigel Taylor "Anglo-American Town Planning Theory Since 1945: Three Significant Developments but no Paradigm Shifts" 40. Edward J. Kaiser and David Godschalk "Twentieth-Century Land Use Planning" 41. John Forester "Planning in the Face of Conflict" 42. Paul Davidoff "Advocacy and Pluralism in Planning" 43. Timothy Beatley "Planning for Sustainability in European Cities" 44. Stephen Wheeler, "Urban Planning and Global Climate Change" Part 7: Perspectives on Urban Design Introduction 45. Camillo Sitte "Author’s Introduction," "The Relationship Between Buildings, Monuments, and Public Squares," and "The Enclosed Character of the Public Square" 46. Clarence Perry "The Neighborhood Unit" 47. Kevin Lynch "The City Image and Its Elements" 48. William H. Whyte "The Design of Spaces" 49. Allan Jacobs & Donald Appleyard "Toward an Urban Design Manifesto" 50. Jan Gehl "Three Types of Outdoor Activities", "Life Between Buildings", and "Outdoor Activities and the Quality of Outdoor Space" Plate Section 4: Urban Planning and Urban Design Part 8: Cities in a Global Society Introduction 51. Melvin Webber "The Post City Age" 52. Saskia Sassen "The Impact of New Technologies and Globalization on Cities" 53. Jonathan v. Beaverstock, Richard G. Smith, and Peter J. Taylor, "World City Network" 54. Manuel Castells "The Space of Flows" 55. UN Habitat "The Challenge of Slums" 56. Tingwei Zhang, "Chinese Cities in a Global Society" 57. Neil Brenner and Roger Keil "The Globalization Debates" Plate Section 5: Cities in a Global Society

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Urban Reader Series

This exciting series responds to the need for comprehensive coverage of the classic and essential texts that form the basis of intellectual work in the various academic disciplines and professional fields concerned with cities. The readers focus on the key topics encountered by undergraduates, graduates and scholars in urban studies and allied fields, the contributions of major theoreticians and practitioners and other individuals, groups and organizations that study the city or practise in a field that affects the city.
As well as drawing together the best of classic and contemporary writings on the city, each reader features extensive general, section and selection introductions prepared by the volume editors to place the selections in context, illustrate relations among topics, provide information on the author and point readers towards additional related biographic material.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban