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City Making: Building Communities Without Building Walls

Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Frug writes with authority and complete mastery of his subject matter, as well as with moving moral conviction. His proposals are bold and unexpected yet well bolstered by the force of his arguments and the scope of his historical and theoretical dis... weiterlesen


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Titel: City Making: Building Communities Without Building Walls
Autor/en: Gerald E. Frug

ISBN: 069100742X
EAN: 9780691007427
Sprache: Englisch.

März 2001 - kartoniert - 272 Seiten


Frug writes with authority and complete mastery of his subject matter, as well as with moving moral conviction. His proposals are bold and unexpected yet well bolstered by the force of his arguments and the scope of his historical and theoretical discussion. This is an excellent and important book. Very few works published in recent years deserve to be placed in the company of Lewis Mumford's classic "The City in History." Frug's book is one of those few.


Acknowledgments ix Introduction 3 PART ONE: THE CITY AS A LEGAL CONCEPT 15 1. City Powerlessness 17 2. A Legal History of Cities 26 3. Strategies for Empowering Cities 54 PART TWO: DECENTERING DECENTRALIZATION 71 4. The Situated Subject 73 5. The Postmodern Subject 92 PART THREE: THE GEOGRAPHY OF COMMUNITY 113 6. Community Building 115 7. City Land Use 143 PART FOUR. CITY SERVICES 165 8. Alternative Conceptions of City Services 167 9. Education 180 10. Police 196 11. Choosing City Services 208 Afterword 219 Notes 225 Index 247


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


One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2000 Winner of the Paul Davidoff Award "A pleasure to read. It is well written, lively and insightful. Frug treads where urban scholars rarely go--into the law and political theory of cities--and for this he should be congratulated."--Judith A. Garber, Urban Affairs Review "Frug shows how American laws and legal traditions have hurt many cities, keeping them hobbled by state government and favoring suburbs at cities' expense... Frug argues saliently that a city's character is shaped as much by its residents' perceptions of their civic responsibility as by its built environment."--Publishers Weekly "Frug, a top Harvard legal scholar and urban affairs expert, makes a pathbreaking effort to document how government policies have shaped the fragmentation of the American metropolis... [A] tight, well-written analysis..."--Choice "A powerful, important book. It is important not least because it showcases one of the last grand identities that seems to have evaded critical problematization--the identity of the romantic protagonist who by sheer force of imagination wills herself into a better world. Yet it is important also for the courage and vigor with which it takes on the tone and tropes of programmatic thought."--Fleur Johns, Urban Lawyer "City Making is particularly welcome both as a challenge to a branch of the law that desperately needs rethinking and as a starting point for a new dialogue between law and urban and regional design."--Robert Fishman, Harvard Design Magazine "The book is an important reference for those who want to explore alternative frameworks for city making. In addition, it alerts citizens to problems of their urban landscape, and how costly it is to run away from them."--Carla Braziliero Waehneldt, Journal of the American Planning Association "Gerard Frug provides an important and eloquent critique of the way in which the US legal system disempowers deprived urban communities. He assesses a wide range of literature on urban communities to present a picture of socially and radically divided cities adversely affected by legal constraints, the complexities of local government and entrenched local vested political interests."--Brian Jacobs, Urban Studies

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