The City Beautiful Movement
Winner of the Lewis Mumford Prize from the Society for American City and Regional Planning HistoryWinner of the Outstanding Book in Architecture and Urban Planning Award from the Association of American Publishers
Critics of the turn-of-the-century's City Beautiful Movement denounced its projects—broad, tree-lined boulevards and monumental but low-lying civic buildings—as grandiose and unnecessary. In this masterful analysis, William H. Wilson sees the movement as its founders did: as an exercise in participatory politics aimed at changing the way citizens thought about cities.
About the Author
William H. Wilson is professor of history at the University of North Texas. His books include Coming of Age: Urban American, 1915-1945.
"A major contribution to the scholarship on the history of urban America and the history of American city planning... [Wilson's] discussion of the goals and political reform ideology of the City Beautiful advocates is the most thoughtful and widely researched analysis of this complex subject to haveappeared."
"An outstanding piece of scholarship."
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