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Washington Post Book World
"The best antidote I’ve read to the doom–and–gloom prophecies concerning the future of urban America."
"This is fresh and fascinating material; it is essential for understanding not only how to avoid repeating terrible mistakes of the past, but also how to recover from them."
Jane Jacobs, author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities
From coast to coast across America there are countless urban success stories about rejuvenated neighborhoods and resurgent business districts. Roberta Brandes Gratz defines the phenomenon as "urban husbandry" the care, management, and preservation of the built environment nurtured by genuine participatory planning efforts of government, urban planners, and average citizens.
Process Is People.
Savannah′s Victorian District.
Gentrification and Displacement.
Winning Skirmishes, Losing Wars.
Understanding the Lessons.
Urban Husbandry: The Economy of Wisdom.
Planned Shrinkage: The Economy of Waste.
THE CITY REDISCOVERED.
Big Steps, Modestly: The Stories of Ithaca and Corning.
Outside, Inside: Burlington and Pittsfield.
Avoiding Wrong Lessons: The Remnant Complex vs.
Small Improvement, Big Differences.
Streets Have Value.
Old Areas Flourish Anew.
THE TROJAN HORSE: BIG PLANS, BIG MISTAKES.
The Past Over and Over Again.
The Question Is Why: Concrete Bunker or Else.