Book Review: Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism

Ross, Benjamin. Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. The city of our desire was no abstraction. It was where grandparents lived and where fathers worked. It had neighborhoods with corner stores, bustling shopping districts, skyscraper downtowns. It was full of people and of life. Its …

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Book Review: Making the Second Ghetto: Race and Housing in Chicago, 1940-1960

Hirsch, Arnold R. Making the Second Ghetto: Race and Housing in Chicago, 1940-1960. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1983. The emergence of Chicago's "black metropolis" gave rise to institutional, economic, and political forces that had their roots, and therefore a stake, in the ghetto. The white hostility that isolated blacks spatially necessitated the creation of …

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Book Review: Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940

Chauncey, George. Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940. New York: Basic Books, 1994. Whether homosexuality is good or bad, chosen or determined, natural or unnatural, healthy or sick is debated, for such opinions are in the realm of ideology and thus subject to contestation, and we are living …

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