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The City, Revisited

Urban Theory from Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York

2010

Dennis R. Judd and Dick Simpson, editors

The City, Revisited

Reexamining urban scholarship for the twenty-first century

The contributors to The City, Revisited trace an intellectual history that begins in 1925 with the publication of the influential classic The City, engaging in a spirited debate about whether the major theories of twentieth-century urban development are relevant for studying the twenty-first-century metropolis.

The City, Revisited is a major contribution to the history of thought on the three largest cities in the United States and a state-of-the-art appraisal of U.S. urban theory at the beginning of the twenty-first century. This remarkable volume not only provides much additional insight into the history and development of Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, the contributors both encapsulate and expand upon urban theories that will prove exceptionally useful to those interested in understanding patterns of development in other cities as well, both in the United States and around the world.

David Gladstone, University of New Orleans

The contributors to The City, Revisited trace an intellectual history that begins in 1925 with the publication of the influential classic The City, engaging in a spirited debate about whether the major theories of twentieth-century urban development are relevant for studying the twenty-first-century metropolis.

Contributors: Janet Abu-Lughod, Northwestern U and New School for Social Research; Robert Beauregard, Columbia U; Larry Bennett, DePaul U; Andrew A. Beveridge, Queens College and CUNY; Amy Bridges, U of California, San Diego; Terry Nichols Clark, U of Chicago; Nicholas Dahmann, U of Southern California; Michael Dear, U of California, Berkeley; Steven P. Erie, U of California, San Diego; Frank Gaffikin, Queen’s U of Belfast; David Halle, U of California, Los Angeles; Tom Kelly, U of Illinois at Chicago; Ratoola Kunda, U of Illinois at Chicago; Scott A. MacKenzie, U of California, Davis; John Mollenkopf, CUNY; David C. Perry, U of Illinois at Chicago; Francisco Sabatini, Ponticia Universidad Católica de Chile; Rodrigo Salcedo, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Santiago; Daphne Spain, U of Virginia; Costas Spirou, National-Louis U in Chicago.

The City, Revisited

Dennis R. Judd is professor of political science and senior scholar in the Great Cities Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dick Simpson is professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The City, Revisited

The City, Revisited is a major contribution to the history of thought on the three largest cities in the United States and a state-of-the-art appraisal of U.S. urban theory at the beginning of the twenty-first century. This remarkable volume not only provides much additional insight into the history and development of Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, the contributors both encapsulate and expand upon urban theories that will prove exceptionally useful to those interested in understanding patterns of development in other cities as well, both in the United States and around the world.

David Gladstone, University of New Orleans

As theory books go, this one is refreshingly free of jargon and full of specifics.

Planning Magazine

The City, Revisited

Contents

Part I. Revisiting Urban Theory

1. Theorizing the City
Dennis R. Judd

2. Grounded Theory: Not Abstract Words but Tools of Analysis
Janet Abu-Lughod

3. The Chicago of Jane Addams and Ernest Burgess: Same City, Different Visions
Daphne Spain

Part II. The View from Los Angeles

4. Urban Politics and the Los Angeles School of Urbanism
Michael Dear and Nicholas Dahmann

5. The Sun Also Rises in the West
Amy Bridges

6. From the Chicago to the L.A. School: Whither the Local State?
Steven P. Erie and Scott A. MacKenzie

Part III. The View from New York

7. The Rise and Decline of the L.A. and New York Schools
David Halle and Andrew A. Beveridge

8. School Is Out: The Case of New York City
John Hull Mollenkopf

9. Radical Uniqueness and the Flight from Urban Theory
Robert A. Beauregard

Part IV. The View from Chicago

10. The New Chicago School of Urbanism and the New Daley Machine
Dick Simpson and Tom Kelly

11. The New Chicago School: Notes Towards a Theory
Terry Nichols Clark

12. The Mayor among His Peers: Interpreting Richard M. Daley
Larry Bennett

13. Both Center and Periphery: Chicago’s Metropolitan Expansion and the New Downtowns
Costas Spirou

Part V. The Utility of U.S. Urban Theory

14. The City and Its Politics: Informal and Contested
Frank Gaffikin, David C. Perry, and Ratoola Kundu

15. Understanding Deep Urban Change: Patterns of Residential Segregation in Latin American Cities
Francisco Sabatini and Rodrigo Salcedo

16. Studying Twenty-First Century Cities
Dick Simpson and Tom Kelly

Contributors
Index