The Living City
How America's Cities are Being Revitalized by Thinking Small in a Big Way
By (author) Roberta Brandes Gratz
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Living City by Roberta Brandes Gratz
Book DescriptionTHE LIVING CITY "An intelligent analysis. Sensible, undoctrinaire, even good-humored. An appealing mixture of passion and clinical dispassion." -Washington Post Book World "The best antidote I've read to the doom-and-gloom prophecies concerning the future of urban America." -Bill Moyers "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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780471144250
(234mm x 160mm x 24mm)
Imprint: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 8-Nov-1995
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Roberta Brandes Gratz
Battle for Gotham, Paperback (September 2011)
The titanic clash of wills between Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs in the 1960s and how their dueling perspectives helped to define contemporary urban life
Beyond the Facade: A Synagogue, a Restoration, a Legacy, Hardback (August 2011)
Celebrates the history, restoration and renewal of the Eldridge Street Synagogue in New York City's Lower East Side, featuring the new window by contemporary artist Kiki Smith.
Cities Back from the Edge, Paperback (February 2000)» View all books by Roberta Brandes Gratz
The paperback edition of the critically-acclaimed, pioneering book on successful urban recovery. Two urban experts draw on their firsthand observations of downtown change across the country to identify a flexible, effective approach to urban rejuvenation.
US Kirkus Review » "The life of a city begins and ends on the street," insists Gratz, a former New York Post reporter who began following the urban preservation movement in the early Seventies. And the solution to urban deterioration, she emphasizes here, is not costly, disruptive, heavily subsidized megaprojects imposed from above - but separate, innovative, small-scale actions undertaken by neighborhood residents. Among the models Gratz cites are Savannah - Georgia's well-connected historic preservation movement, which revived downtown neighborhoods without displacing low-income residents - and the Banana Kelly movement on Kelly Street in the South Bronx, a snowballing success story that began with one resident family saving three abandoned buildings from demolition and rallying the community with the slogan "Don't Move, Improve." In the commercial arena, Gratz deplores both regional shopping centers as destructive of downtowns and the enclosed downtown malls often constructed in misguided defense. As alternatives she points to Ithaca, N.Y., and other communities that have pursued a Main Street Strategy of "economic development within the context of historic preservation." In dealing with urban revitalization, Gratz acknowledges the phenomenon of gentrification and displacement but more or less dismisses the problem as a function of the pace of renewal; the concern seems imposed here on her true, 70's style enthusiasm for urban preservation. Also, though she acknowledges that "the partnership between elected officials and developers is usually too potent to overcome by persuasion," she shows no interest in analyzing the forces at work; instead, she is satisfied with pointing with approval or blame. Despite the flaws, Gratz's is a message worth noting as long as planners, politicians, and developers continue to impoverish our cities; and her emphasis on positive examples offers other community preservationists some sorely needed encouragement. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Roberta Brandes Gratz
Roberta Brandes Gratz lives in New York City, where she has been involved in urban matters as a community activist, as executive director of a historic restoration project, and as a reporter for the New York Post. In addition, she lectures and writes on urban affairs.
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