[FOR HISTORY CATALOGS]Drawing on the pronouncements of public commentators, this book portrays the 20th century history of U.S. cities, focusing specifically on how commentators crafted a discourse of urban decline and prosperity peculiar to the post-World War II era. The efforts of these commentators spoke to the foundational ambivalence Americans have toward their cities and, in turn, shaped the choices Americans made as they created and negotiated the country's changing urban landscape. [FOR GEOG/URBAN CATALOGS]Freely crossing disciplinary boundaries, this book uses the words of those who witnessed the cities' distress to portray the postwar discourse on urban decline in the United States. Up-dated and substantially re-written in stronger historical terms, this new edition explores how public debates about the fate of cities drew from and contributed to the choices made by households, investors, and governments as they created and negotiated America's changing urban landscape.

part |23 pages

Framing the Discourse

chapter 1|22 pages

Foundational Urban Debates

part |50 pages

Prelude to Postwar Decline

chapter 2|18 pages

The Cities Wholesome and Good

chapter 3|30 pages

Not Those of Decadence

part |49 pages

Escalating Downward

chapter 4|26 pages

The Unhappy Process of Changing

chapter 5|21 pages

On the Verge of Catastrophe

part |54 pages

From One Crisis to the Next

chapter 6|23 pages

Every Problem a Racial Dimension

chapter 7|29 pages

Crisis of Our Cities

part |57 pages

A Double Reversal of Fortune

chapter 8|29 pages

Rising from the Ashes

chapter 9|26 pages

Not Excessively Inconvenienced

part |9 pages

Reading the Discourse

chapter 10|8 pages