July 16, 2009

Another City

Shortly after the American Revolution, the nation's largest cities--Philadelphia, New Orleans, and New York--were growing quickly. Because of this, they were placing increasing demands on the space around them--markets, waterfronts, and parks--as well as overwhelming the infrastructure resulting in noisy, crowded streets and stagnant, smelly water. Upton uses diaries, letters, travel accounts, and urban paintings and drawings of this time to uncover not only how cities were built, but why they were built this way. He suggests that social, cultural and biological factors influenced urban design, city planning, and even how spaces were used. This is an interesting book full of historical pictures and picturesque descriptions of life in 18th and early 19th century America.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

Another City: Urban Life and Urban Spaces in the New American Republic
Dell Upton
HT 123 .U68 2008