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City Making: Building Communities without Building Walls

City Making: Building Communities without Building Walls

Shows that the divided and inhospitable urban landscape is not simply the result of individual choices about where to live or start a business. It is the product of government policies - and, in particular, the policies embedded in legal rules. This book presents an analysis of h... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781400823345
Barcode 9781400823345
Published 20 February 2001
Available in PDF format
Software Adobe Ebook Compatible Devices
Language en
Author(s) By Frug, Gerald E.
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ISBN-13 9781400823345
ISBN-10 140082334X
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Princeton University Press
Publication Date 20 February 2001
Publication Country United States United States
Format PDF ebook – Course Book
Edition Course Book
Author(s) By Frug, Gerald E.
Category Non-Fiction (Child / Teen)
Award Winning
City & Town Planning - Architectural Aspects
Social Sciences
Urban Communities
Politics & Government
Central Government
Central Government Policies
Regional & Area Planning
New Towns - Design & Planning
Rural Planning
Public Transport Systems
Environmental Impact Analysis
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
NBS Text Environment & Planning
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 307.121
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Electronic Book

American metropolitan areas today are divided into neighborhoods of privilege and poverty, often along lines of ethnicity and race. City residents traveling through these neighborhoods move from feeling at home to feeling like tourists to feeling so out of place they fear for their security. As Gerald Frug shows, this divided and inhospitable urban landscape is not simply the result of individual choices about where to live or start a business. It is the product of government policies--and, in particular, the policies embedded in legal rules. A Harvard law professor and leading expert on urban affairs, Frug presents the first-ever analysis of how legal rules shape modern cities and outlines a set of alternatives to bring down the walls that now keep city dwellers apart. Frug begins by describing how American law treats cities as subdivisions of states and shows how this arrangement has encouraged the separation of metropolitan residents into different, sometimes hostile groups. He explains in clear, accessible language the divisive impact of rules about zoning, redevelopment, land use, and the organization of such city services as education and policing. He pays special attention to the underlying role of anxiety about strangers, the widespread desire for good schools, and the pervasive fear of crime. Ultimately, Frug calls for replacing the current legal definition of cities with an alternative based on what he calls "community building"--an alternative that gives cities within the same metropolitan region incentives to forge closer links with each other. An incisive study of the legal roots of today's urban problems, City Making is also an optimistic and compelling blueprint for enabling American cities once again to embrace their historic role of helping people reach an accommodation with those who live in the same geographic area, no matter how dissimilar they are.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review "This is an innovative book by one of America's leading legal scholars. Frug creates a set of legal and policy frameworks for cities to practice themselves, rather than have imposed from outside. He has found a way to talk about decentralization that makes sense for our time. . . . I admire the clarity and precision with which the author writes."-Richard Sennett, author of Flesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western Civilization

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Author's Bio

Gerald E. Frug is the Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law at Harvard University. He is the author of Local Government Law.

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