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The City Reader

6th Edition

Edited by Richard T. LeGates, Frederic Stout


776 pages | 66 B/W Illus.

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The sixth edition of the highly successfulThe City Reader juxtaposes the very best classic and contemporary writings on the city to provide the comprehensive mapping of the terrain of Urban Studies and Planning old and new. The City Reader is the anchor volume in the Routledge Urban Reader Series and is now integrated with all ten other titles in the series. This edition has been extensively updated and expanded to reflect the latest thinking in each of the disciplinary areas included and in topical areas such as compact cities, urban history, place making, sustainable urban development, globalization, cities and climate change, the world city network, the impact of technology on cities, resilient cities, cities in Africa and the Middle East, and urban theory. The new edition places greater emphasis on cities in the developing world, globalization and the global city system of the future. The plate sections have been revised and updated.

Sixty generous selections are included: forty-four from the fifth edition, and sixteen new selections, including three newly written exclusively for The City Reader. The sixth edition keeps classic writings by authors such as Ebenezer Howard, Ernest W. Burgess, LeCorbusier, Lewis Mumford, Jane Jacobs, and Louis Wirth, as well as the best contemporary writings of, among others, Peter Hall, Manuel Castells, David Harvey, Saskia Sassen, and Kenneth Jackson. In addition to newly commissioned selections by Yasser Elshestawy, Peter Taylor, and Lawrence Vale, new selections in the sixth edition include writings by Aristotle, Peter Calthorpe, Alberto Camarillo, Filip DeBoech, Edward Glaeser, David Owen, Henri Pirenne, The Project for Public Spaces, Jonas Rabinovich and Joseph Lietman, Doug Saunders, and Bish Sanyal. The anthology features general and section introductions as well as individual introductions to the selected articles introducing the authors, providing context, relating the selection to other selection, and providing a bibliography for further study. The sixth edition includes fifty plates in four plate sections, substantially revised from the fifth edition.


“…the definitively complete reader on urban problems and policies.”

Peter Hall, University College London

“…a ‘must-read’ book … comprehensive, authoritative and just plain fun.”

Eugenie Birch, Professor of Urban Planning and Design, University of Pennsylvania

“…A book for all generations of urbanists.”

Margaret Wilder, Executive Director, Urban Affairs Association

“…the single most authoritative collection of foundational readings in urban studies and planning today.”

Tridib Bannerjee, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Southern California

“…an indispensable widely read book in the world which provides a collection of classical and contemporary seminal literature for understanding the multidisciplinary complexities of our cities.”

Anthony G.O. Yeh, Chair Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Design, The University of Hong Kong, Secretary-General, Asian Planning Schools Association“…the best single ‘go-to’ volume for young scholars interested in how cities work, and how they can be made to work better. … As a one-stop source for historical and contemporary theory and practice [The City Reader] is still unbeatable.”

John Landis, Professor of Urban Planning and Design, University of Pennsylvania

“…an indispensable resource across all the fields concerned with the study of city.”

Michael Hibbard, Professor Emeritus of Planning, Public Policy & Management, University of Oregon

“…a magnificent job … Essential reading as our world turns into one dominated by cities.”

Michael Batty, Bartlett Professor, University College London

“…should be on the required list for all individuals interested in urbanism.”

Roger Caves, Professor of Urban Planning, San Diego State University

“…an excellent, international resource for all urbanists… a really useful global overview of contemporary developments in urban studies.”

Robin Hambleton, Professor of City Leadership, University of the West of England

“…a continuing invaluable and reliable global resource for urban and regional planners tackling complex issues in an increasingly urbanizing world.”

Barbara Norman, Foundation Chair, Urban and Regional Planning Department, University of Canberra, Australia

“…an inclusive introduction that captures the major topics and readings in urban studies.”

Susan S. Fainstein, Senior Research Fellow, Harvard University

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Evolution of Cities Part 2 Urban Culture and Society Part 3 Urban Space Part 4 Urban Politics, Governance and Economics Part 5 Urban Planning History and Visions Part 6 Urban Planning Theory and Practice Part 7 Perspectives on Urban Design Part 8 Cities in a Global Society

About the Editors

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

Frederic Stout is a Lecturer in Urban Studies at Stanford University, USA.

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