America's New Downtowns
Revitalization or Reinvention?
By (author) Larry R. Ford
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America's New Downtowns by Larry R. Ford
Book DescriptionWhat makes a good downtown, and why? Are today's downtowns, with their waterfront parks, festival markets, sports arenas, and cultural centers, more vibrant and lively than the "central business districts" of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries? Was there ever a "golden age" of downtowns? In this book, noted urban scholar Larry Ford casts a critical and practiced eye on sixteen contemporary urban centers to offer an expert's view of the best-and worst-of downtown America. Ford begins with a brief history of U.S. urban development. He then explains his criteria for evaluating downtowns before proceeding with an on-the-street examination of the featured sixteen cities. Each is rated based on use of physical site, particularly for housing (unlike suburbs, Ford notes, most downtowns are located in challenging physical locales, such as harbors, rivers, hills, or peninsulas), street morphology, civic space, functional aspects (office space, retail stores, and convention centers), and the support districts in the fringe areas surrounding the downtown core. Ford concludes with a suggested model of downtown structure based upon the case studies and with a look at the possible effects of increasing globalization on the downtowns of the late twenty-first century. This book will appeal to those interested in urban studies, landscape studies, American studies, architecture, historic preservation and planning, and urban geography. Featured cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, and St. Louis
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801871634
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Larry R. Ford
Cities and Buildings, Paperback (March 1994)» View all books by Larry R. Ford
In offering an account of the relationship between urban architecture - especially vernacular architecture - and the spatial arrangement and development of cities in North America, this book shows how changes in the built environment parallel changes in urban economies and human culture.
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Author Biography - Larry R. Ford
Larry R. Ford is a professor of geography at San Diego State University and has taught urban geography for thirty years. He is the author of Cities and Buildings: Skyscrapers, Skid Rows, and Suburbs and The Spaces between Buildings, both available from Johns Hopkins.
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