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This text reassesses the history of planning ideas and the impact of the planning process in the US since 1900. It analyzes the social, political, economic, ideological, economic, bureaucratic and environmental contexts in which planning has occurred. The focus is on large and small metropolitan areas all over America, with a range of planners, issues and influences considered in order to explain how the 20th-century built environment has developed. Topics covered include parks, civic improvement, housing reform, social planning, zoning, federal urban policy, public works and historic preservation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801851643
ISBN-10: 0801851645
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 40mm)
Pages: 592
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 15-Jun-1996
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Mary Corbin Sies

Mary Corbin Sies teaches in the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland, is acting director of the graduate program in historic preservation, and an affiliate of the women's studies faculty. Christopher Silver is currently researching urban planning history in Indonesia and serves as urban policy advisor to the Indonesian National Planning Agency. He is the author of 'Twentieth Century Richmond: Planning, Politics, and Race' and 'The Separate City: Black Communities in the Urban South, 1940-1968'.