chapter  14
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Building American cityscapes

ATRAVELER TO almost any large American city in the early 21st century encounters an urban landscape that proclaims its newness alongside the vestiges of its past. American cities appear to be in motion, almost cinematically changing before one's eyes, even those struggling with the ravages of industrial decline. Because growth is gospel in America, change is commonplace and admired. liN ew" in the landscape presents a dynamic image, while "old" represents a hindrance to growth except where preservation enshrines cherished symbols or finds support in investment incentive policies.