Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

White Cities, Linguistic Turns, and Disneylands: The New Paradigms of Urban History

Timothy J. Gilfoyle

A shorter, published version of this essay under the same title appears in Reviews in American History, vol. 26 (March 1998), 175-204.

Few events better illustrate the multiple paradigms in recent urban history than the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago. For decades, the considerable literature on the Fair emphasized the "White City" and issues of physical planning, moral order, and neoclassical architecture.1 But since 1980, the Exposition has exemplified the growing diversity of urban historiography. For Christine Boyer, the Fair was part of a new discourse reflecting the emergence of modern urban planning. By contrast, Stanley Schultz characterizes the Exposition not as a beginning, but the culmination of the city planning ethos of the nineteenth century. William Cronon invokes the event as a metaphor for the "shock city" of industrial America, "a fantasy landscape," and "a fairy city" symbolizing Chicago's historic climax. Alan Trachtenberg and Wim de Wit underscore nationalism, viewing the Fair as a "grand illusion" by American rulers "to win hegemony over the emerging national culture." Peter Hales, by comparison, emphasizes urban culture, with an elite seeking "control over the production of the urban vision." Most critical is Robert Rydell, who sees the White City as "a cultural Frankenstein," "a coin minted in the tradition of American racism." 2

Numerous narratives now emphasize the Midway over the White City. John Kasson cast the first stone in this direction, arguing that the Midway represented a new model of democratic urban recreation shaped not by the civic beliefs of cultural elites but by the commercial values of entrepreneurs seeking to attract a mass audience. A host of historians conclude that the Midway's architecture and leisure environment was constructed as imagined and commodified "representations of exotic culture." Simply put by Russell Lewis, the Fair was "the idea of the department store applied to a city scale."3

In essence, the Columbian Exposition is an interpretive smorgasbord. For urban historians, the Fair represents a metaphor for elite and plebeian values, a symbol of leisure and commercial cultures, the industrial city at its apogee, the physical embodiment of racial, ethnic, class and gender conflict, the beginning and the end of nineteenth-century planning, and the very essence of nineteenth-century American nationalism.

The multiple and perplexing views of this one event are emblematic of the interpretive confusion marking urban history since 1980. The inclusion of topics ranging from cultural representations of cities found in fiction to empirical studies of the built environment fractured an already splintered and internally divided field. Some, like Stephan Thernstrom who helped invent the nomenclature "new urban history," even abandoned the label "urban" altogether.4

Rejecting the category of "urban," however, does not justify ignoring cities. Intellectual identity crises and scholarly pessimism are hardly unique to urban history. Most subfields of history are susceptible to such charges. Western, diplomatic and intellectual history, for example, recently generated debates over their meaning or utility. Practitioners of cultural studies openly concede the impossibility of defining their field.5 Scholars will probably always contest the meaning of "urban" and "city." By now, the debate is pointless.6

For most urbanists, the definition is quite simple. People identify cities as places; what happens in those places is considered "urban." Undoubtedly, such a broad, imprecise definition raises howls of protest in some academic quarters. Yet, recent urban history with its multiple paradigms and conflicting interpretations is a reaction to the narrow methodologies of the "new urban history" of the 1960s and 1970s. Sophisticated studies like Theodore Hershberg's Philadelphia Social History Project precisely analyzed space and certain social behaviors, but effectively excluded architecture, politics, gender, and culture.7 These themes comprise the bulk of recent urban scholarship. Most significant has been the application of "culture" as an interpretive paradigm, influencing not only studies of social groups but also examinations of the built environment, regionalism, and suburbanization. Even institutional approaches to urban political history, which have turned old paradigms upside down, represent a reaction to cultural methodologies and questions.

Urban Cultures

Since 1980, historians of urban social groups have largely abandoned "modernization" and Marxism for the subcultural theories of sociologist Claude S. Fischer and anthropologist Clifford Geertz.8 From Italians in the tenements of Elizabeth Street to Jews and Mexicans in the bungalows of Los Angeles, historians emphasize the persistence and adaptability of premigration cultures over time. Migrant groups shaped and controlled their lives, even within the harsh economic, spatial and social limits of the dominant culture. Vastly different kinds of migrants were active agents in choosing among different courses of action, not simply subjects of social control. Rather than positing a picture of complete assimilation or ongoing ethnic/racial persistence, historians now see the process as an ongoing blend of both over time.9

Much of the literature on migrant groups details the "construction" of certain social identities. Whereas labor historians frequently locate the source of class consciousness in the workplace, urbanists emphasize domestic and leisure activities. In the nineteenth century, for example, male working-class identities were defined by neighborhood networks, street gangs, and saloons.10 Antebellum elites and Protestant institutions physically separated themselves by constructing "patches of elegance" in their neighborhoods--renaming specific blocks, planting trees, and erecting picket fences to physically extend the domestic space outward. Geography became equated with gentility.11 Likewise, examinations of fashion, "style," and dress explain the plasticity of urban classes. Migrants, while dressing better than in their former societies, used clothing for symbolic and self-identifying purposes. In her detailed examination of five working-class communities in twentieth-century Chicago, Lizabeth Cohen found older ethnic identities subverted by patterns of mass consumption and class consciousness.12

Applications of anthropological theory further highlight a "discourse of the street."13 Rituals and customs which intersect with or exploit part of the built environment illustrate how different groups manipulated public streets in cities for their own use: antebellum women in New York, paraders in nineteenth-century Philadelphia, street children at the turn of the century, African-Americans in the segregated South.14 Studies on urban Catholicism, in particular, increasingly emphasize its territorial character. The high rates of white ethnic home ownership, a sacralized attachment to residential property and the neighborhood, devotional Catholicism and the centrality of the ethnic parish in daily life generated a community identity emotionally linked to physical locale.15

The strength of many case studies lies in revealing the internal complexity of urban communities. Studies of urban blacks, for example, expose highly differentiated neighborhoods divided by class, gender, culture, and especially religion. Historians have more closely scrutinized the migration to northern cities in the twentieth century and its polarizing impact. The focus on local communities and internal subcultures even complicates interpretations of the civil rights movement, suggesting that many different movements, not a single national crusade, characterized this phenomenon.16

The "thick descriptions" of various working-class groups and their social identities has inadvertently overturned the "textile" and "Coketown" paradigms of the industrial city.17 Variated models stretching from Lowell to Los Angeles have replaced older, linear theories of industrialization. Although Sean Wilentz's theory of "metropolitan industrialization" attracted the most attention, other historians have found a complex, multifaceted, even pluralistic evolution of industrial capitalism. The industrialization of certain sectors, such as shipping, generated distinctive urban forms for different cities. Paradoxically, the bulk of this scholarship originated largely from examinations of labor, not capital.18

Gender studies further complicate this fragmented picture. Examinations of women, for example, emphasize their associational, sexual, and work behaviors. While many of those activities afforded autonomy and venues of public life unknown to rural counterparts, women often remained divided by class, racial, religious, and other identities--conclusions mirroring investigations of ethnic and racial groups.19 Anxiety over the status and behavior of young men and women was especially acute in the urban industrial environment of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Urban reformers and public authorities, rather than addressing the economic roots of the vulnerability of single women, usually problematized women's sexual behavior and transformed it into a "moral" crisis demanding aggressive intervention.20

Other historians have examined the subjects of such aggressive intervention. For single women, gay men, lesbian couples, and others, certain city neighborhoods provided unprecedented opportunities to escape the traditional controls of family and community, allowing them to become partially autonomous actors in the market. Wage labor, although arduous and poorly paid, gave many young women and men an independent income, effectively buying a measure of freedom from family dependence. The centers of commercialized leisure--dance halls, movie theaters, amusement parks--provided a relatively unregulated, cash-based, social arena for young men and women in the hours between work shifts. By developing new habits of dress, speech, and entertainment, urban youths created a variety of distinctive urban subcultures. Studies of sexual behavior have uncovered a complexity of communities ranging from prostitutes to homosexuals.21Groups and activities long deemed geographically segregated, socially marginalized, or imperceptible were visible, public actors, especially within the context of their spatial impact.

This body of literature raises a new interpretation of popular culture. The era from 1890 to 1950 was one of civic sociability and democratized urban leisure. The vaudeville houses, cabarets, movie palaces, baseball fields, amusement parks, department stores and world's fair midways offered a "something for everybody" philosophy that appealed to fantasy and consumption. The crowded venues, spectacular displays, and sophisticated styles epitomized not only a new urban culture, but modernity itself. The cumulative effect of these "cultural bazaars" was a "democratic" subversion of Victorian gender, ethnic and class boundaries. A variety of urbanites - gay males, single women, entertainers, "sporting men" - carved out spheres of participation. In many cases, local politicians were key participants in the protection and development of these new forms of leisure. The rise of the shopping mall, automobile, theme park and suburban sports stadium after World War II ultimately destroyed this world.22

The emphasis in popular cultures, especially the subversive and surreal worlds of "nightlife," broadened urban history to include an almost infinite variety of subcultures. For the first time, historians revealed how certain marginalized groups not only created their own communities but appropriated and contested the use of urban space. Indeed, the worlds of the hobo and homosexual, the prostitute and panderer, become core fixtures of American social life, and Times Square its epicenter.23

Unfortunately, the focus of this literature is "Gothamcentric." New York City not only dominates these narratives; some proclaim Gotham the embodiment of modernity. But "modernity" is a slippery term. Many of the same fantastic images and social themes appear elsewhere. Some locate the birthplace of modernism in Los Angeles with the architecture of R.M. Schindler and Richard Neutra. Elsewhere, Chicago is represented as a place of industrial might, skyscrapers, and progress. The city possessed a vigorous bohemian and "modernist" subculture. Chicago's Century of Progress Exposition of 1933 preceded New York's World's Fair of 1939. Using Chicago's Great Fire, Haymarket incident and Pullman strike as representative events, Carl Smith argues that disorder--especially class disorder--epitomized the new metropolis, representing the "vocabulary of the formative period of modernism."24

While popular culture transgressed or muted class, ethnic, and gender boundaries, historians examining neighborhoods find greater racial divides. Even studies that distinguish between southern and northern black neighborhoods--the former being "separate cities" of self-contained communities, the latter dependent ghettos--conclude that each prototype became a larger and poorer enclave. Some, like Roger Lane, insist that decades of residential segregation, social discrimination, industrial exclusion, and economic insecurity generated a criminal culture within African-American northern neighborhoods that detrimentally affected all residents of that community.25

Paradoxically, examinations of the black "urban underclass" in the twentieth century emphasize commonalities with white working-class families. Indeed, the dividing line between working poor and underclass is so fluid and imprecise that urban historians and sociologists alike now reject terminology like "underclass," "dangerous classes," "delinquent classes" and "unworthy poor." Their changing, imprecise meanings more than just stigmatize the poor - they generate analyses consistently combining large and variable impoverished or working-class groups without recognizing important historical, social, and economic differences.26

The precise evolution and relationships among these urban cultures remain unresolved. Most recent scholarship adheres to Lawrence Levine's depiction of American urban culture as fluid and divided, replete with ethnic, class, and regional differences. The shared variety of city cultures, especially in the first half of the nineteenth century, was less hierarchically organized and more fragmented than a century later. Indeed, Lizabeth Cohen and Olivier Zunz show ethnic identities being slowly subverted by patterns of mass consumption and class consciousness. Yet others push the clock back on cultural homogenization. Richard Bushman insists that late-eighteenth- and nineteenth-century urban elites commercialized aristocratic, European notions of "refinement" and gentility. By 1850, they were sources of middle-class identity. Culture may percolate up from below, producing a contentious, dialectical relationship between high and low, elite and plebeian, native and immigrant cultures. But for Bushman, power exercises influence, and those "at the top have an immense advantage in influencing cultural power."27

The emphasis on culture, particularly the dynamism of subcultures, has contributed to a convergence of architectural, social, and cultural history.28 Here the locus of urban culture is defined not by leisure, work, or ethnic cultures, but by the manipulation of landscapes and built environments. The nineteenth-century park and cemetery movements reflected not only new physical forms, for example, but conflicting urban cultures with their own political and social ideologies. Nineteenth-century changes in law, technology, health care, and even urban novels (or "urbtopian" fiction) epitomized a new urban culture, a "moral environmentalism" beholden to technology as society's savior and to planning to insure urban order.29 Even studies of company towns divulge a complexity of moral visions and physical forms--ranging from Christian socialism to welfare capitalism to corporate paternalism--stretching from the mill towns of New England to Torrence, California.30

Studies of skyscrapers reflect a new interest in their cultural meaning and social impact. Few now debate who or what city "invented" the skyscraper, recognizing that the tall building was an evolutionary product rather than a specific discovery. Instead, tall building controversies at the turn of the century reveal a variety of cultural conflicts. New York builders sought unregulated commercial expansion and an architecture advertising wealth and prestige. Boston and Chicago, by contrast, frustrated skyscraper construction by adopting strict height regulations in order to emphasize and imitate European aesthetics. The earliest skyscrapers, once disdained by modernists for hiding internal structures, now win appreciation for providing "cultivated" work environments and historical links to the past.31 Still others, notably Carol Willis, argue that the skyscraper is a product of money, speculation, prestige, and technology, not aesthetic theories of form. Questions of construction technology, internal mechanics, and finance rendered the engineer's contribution to tall buildings essential, the architect's superficial.32

Housing remains the most examined building form, in part because residential designs illuminate ideologies of gender, class, and race. Cooperative housekeeping designs by nineteenth-century "material feminists," for example, represent little-remembered alternatives to privatized domesticity. The apartment house and its association with modernity was a key ingredient of urban middle-class identity, even if only a minority ever resided in them. In New York, the emergence of new forms of residential architecture, namely the tenement, reflected the transformation of the nation's largest metropolis into a city of working-class renters.33

Large numbers of immigrant and working-class Americans built homes in cities. Some scholars insist home ownership retarded social and geographic mobility and proved to be a poor investment. Others counter that such groups not only wanted to possess their homes, but other forms of investment were even worse. Despite the high levels of home ownership, high levels of residential mobility which continued well into the twentieth century. Only the housing programs of the New Deal and the postwar era changed this, cementing Franklin Roosevelt's vision of a modern social compact dependent upon a residentially-stable citizenry.34

Housing represents a key linkage between African-American and urban history. By the mid-twentieth century, white ethnic communities in numerous cities violently resisted demands for adequate housing by expanding African-American populations. In Chicago alone, Arnold Hirsch discovered nearly 500 "communal riots"--violent, racial incidents from 1945 to 1950 largely unreported by the media. Herein lay the origins of the "new American ghetto" or "hyperghettos." Between 1940 and 1970, a government-sanctioned "second ghetto" with a distinctive form of de jure segregation emerged, supported by white ethnics defending their "homeowner rights" and downtown elites striving to preserve commercial real estate.35

Racial conflicts over housing raise several interpretive issues. First, the forces contributing to the "urban crisis," deindustrialization, and the emergence of "Reagan Democrats" originated in local resistance to racial integration before the antipoverty programs of the Great Society in the 1960s.36 Second, neighborhood-based violence over housing illuminates the emergence of "whiteness" and racially-constructed identities among various ethnic groups.37 Finally, that same violence beckons for more nuanced interpretations of urban riots and rebellions, a literature which frequently construes crowd behavior as a rational, extralegal--even legitimate--vehicle of protest by powerless groups.<aÔ  õ(  0*0*0*°° Ô href="#38">38

Other students of the built environment, notably Joel Tarr and Josef Konvitz, focus on "technological networks"--roads, bridges, water and sewer systems, disposal facilities, power grids, transit and communication structures. Long attentive to environmental questions, recent studies treat urban technologies as the material embodiment of people's values and culture.39 Some even redefine long-held assumptions in urban history. For example, nineteenth-century nuisance regulations and rat control programs in the twentieth century alter the standard chronology of municipal politics. Women reformers, acting as "municipal housekeepers" after 1890, used environmental issues like smoke abatement to affect public policy and generate reform movements. Pollution concerns and water fluoridation in industrial cities like Gary, Indiana transformed conservative, middle-class women into liberal political activists after 1950, turning the environmental movement into a woman's movement. Studies of utility executives such as Samuel Insull in Chicago and Henry Doherty in Denver go beyond their consolidation efforts to explain their advocacy of new forms of urban consumption, modernity, and labor saving technology. Treating cities as ecological systems even redefines where urban history begins; the origins of St. Louis lie not with the European settlement of 1701, but with the Indian city of Cahokia in the tenth century.40

Paradoxically, this literature both corroborates and refutes Sam Bass Warner, Jr.'s theory of privatism.41 In nineteenth-century Chicago, physical improvements were the responsibility of individual property owners or private development companies. Private real estate forces thus dominated municipal government, excluding propertyless citizens and delaying the construction of streets, sidewalks, and sewers. Ironically, working-class Pullman and Harvey enjoyed better streets, sewers, and gas than the more affluent Wicker Park. Even residents in older New England communities demanded more and better services as cities grew larger, but refused to pay for them. When municipalities assumed such responsibilities at the turn of the twentieth century, "reformers" created less-representative political bodies--commissions, special districts, city manager governments, strong-mayor systems, at-large councils--to insure efficient delivery of services.42

At the same time, political action preceded infrastructure improvements. Even middle-class residents organized, petitioned, and fought for physical improvements. Hence, historians increasingly question Warner's contention that transportation technology triggered urban growth. Urban transit networks actually followed the settlement of newly developed neighborhoods.43

The largest and most expensive infrastructure--the interstate highway--has generated several studies on the impact of the automobile. Within the first quarter of the twentieth century, a new social order was imposed on urban streetlife. Streets were increasingly reserved for vehicular traffic, terminating their use as playgrounds for children, markets for peddlers and consumers, and open-air churches for pilgrims or sexual emporiums for prostitutes. Automobiles also furthered the deterioration of mass transit systems. Here, Americans held contradictory attitudes, blaming automobile manufacturers for the decline of urban transit systems (a myth perpetuated in the popular movie Roger Rabbit) while simultaneously regarding the car as the epitome of freedom. Most historians nowÔ  õ(  0*0*0*°° Ô reject arguments that automobile interests insidiously conspired to destroy urban mass transit systems. In Los Angeles, for example, residents abandoned streetcars for autos and transit companies replaced streetcars with motor buses in the 1920s, long before General Motors stepped on stage.44

Regions and Suburbs

Like many ordinary Americans, urban historians have engaged in a regional shift. The American West has replaced the Midwest and East Coast as the centerpoint of many urban narratives. Southern California epitomized this demographic and historiographical transformation. A postwar "megalopolis," the region contained communities like Irvine identified as "spread cities," "technoburbs," "edge cities," "disurbs," or "post-suburbs" which were not traditional cities or suburbs. Rather, they possessed attributes of both. The prominence of this regional form inspired new theoretical approaches to the study of cities while inducing others to redefine the field as "metropolitan history."45

This new regionalist paradigm is illustrated in the diverse works of Roger Lotchin and Kevin Starr. The former argues that a "metropolitan-military complex" dating to the 1920s generated intense intercity rivalries that proved more influential than industrialization in creating of one of the world's dominant urban regions.46 By contrast, Starr offers a detailed narrative of the urbanization process, although his voluminous writings focus on the entire state of California. Both authors resist the case-study microhistory typical of recent urban history, thereby providing long-term, comparative studies of twentieth-century urban systems and networks.47

Reinterpretations of Western history increasingly highlight the region's urban character. As early as 1880, the West was more urban the rest of the U.S. (30 versus 28 percent). Several themes stand out. First, the study of western cities has shifted from "frontier" questions to issues concerning ecology, urbanity, and the metropolitan periphery. The "history of the frontier West," admits William Cronon, is "a story of peripheral areas becoming ever more integrated into an urban-industrial economy."48 Second, the diversity of individual cities is comprehensible only by regional comparisons of urban systems, thereby emphasizing interactions among towns and cities. Anthony Orum's comparison of Milwaukee, Cleveland, Austin, and Minneapolis-St. Paul found similar patterns of growth in their early histories before factors independent to each city caused them to diverge in the twentieth century.49 Finally, Western metropolitan expansion rarely imitated Eastern competitors. The history of twentieth-century "sunbelt cities" in both the West and South witnessed business-dominated politics, hostility to organized labor, suburban spatial form, and federally-subsidized growth.50

Distinctive, regional patterns of urbanization similarly apply to the South. David Goldfield maintains that southern city building was "urbanization without cities." Even after four centuries, southern cities remained closer in spirit to antebellum plantations than their northern counterparts. Similarly, Carl Abbott finds that while transportation and communication systems integrated Washington, D.C. into regional networks of the Northeast, the city's southern character grew more pronounced. "Modernizing without northernizing," Washington's history challenges interpretations of regional culture as a form of resistance to the homogenizing and hegemonic forces of globalization.51 Others like Don Doyle disagree, pointing out that the post-Civil War South increasingly replicated the North with growing boosterism, physical infrastructures, planned suburbs, new and dominating business elites, and the emergence of an urban network of southern cities.52

The most studied of regional forms is suburbanization. By some measures, twentieth-century American urbanization is suburbanization. Kenneth T. Jackson and Robert Fishman, in particular, argue that the "automobile suburb" differed from anything else in the urban world in its lower density and larger average lot size. The physical impact was considerable: the rise of the residential subdivision with one-story and ranch-style houses, the disappearance of the porch, the growth of an entirely new vernacular architecture--the shopping mall, the motel, the gas station, the drive-in theater, the mobile home. Since 1950, cities like Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Cleveland, and St. Louis lost between 22 and 50 percent of their populations. Cities that grew--Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, San Diego--did so largely through annexation.53By 1970, most Americans lived in suburbs, not cities or rural areas.

Some theorists still argue that suburbs or "multinucleated metropolitan regions" represent new forms of urban space.54 Historians, however, locate suburbs in the distant past, tracing their origins and ideological roots to European romanticism and British town planning.55 Suburbs, alongside the pioneering landscape designs found in cemeteries and parks, embodied a key element of American romanticism. Indeed, efforts to incorporate nature into city life distinguished American suburban design well into the twentieth century.56

Historians increasingly argue that cultural values favoring rural living propelled the growth of suburbs. Developers and planners simply followed popular currents and used their trade to satisfy demand. Similarly, historians of gender find postwar suburbanization a key component in the evolution of domesticity and the social construction of masculine and feminine identities.57

This suburban paradigm has come under recent attack. Some insist that movement to the periphery was a feature of American cities before highways and autos. Suburbs were less homogeneous than described, often developing as satellite cities with diverse and mixed populations. Recent studies of "self-building" in Detroit and Toronto even found working-class residents, immigrants, and minorities settling on the undeveloped fringe. Herbert Gans, in particular, argues that social distinctions between cities and suburbs are often more artificial than real, that inner-city neighborhoods, or "urban villages," can be as socially detached and isolated as suburbs.58

Portions of these disputes are definitional. Suburbs represent a physical form neither urban or rural, but something in-between, a problem in a field with no agreed upon definition of "urban." Indeed, some suburbs began as outlying villages and evolved into inner-city neighborhoods: Harlem and Brooklyn in New York, Old Irving Park in Chicago, and Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. Postwar suburbs have assumed a confusing variety of labels such as "multinucleated metropolitan regions," technoburbs," and "edge cities." Some even suggest suburbs represent as a way of life, a socio-cultural phenomenon of the postwar era.59

In fact, historians like Jackson, Fishman, and others do not deny the diversity and difficulty of defining suburbs, illustrated by such differing communities as East St. Louis and Winnetka, Illinois. In the nineteenth century, railroad suburbs had both rich and poor, sometimes duplicating the spatial and employment patterns of inner cities. These old patterns simply accelerated after World War II. Just as the railroad reorganized urban space in the nineteenth century, the automobile fundamentally redefined the American urban form a century later. For Jackson, in particular, American urban growth was historically unique in its low residential density, strong penchant for home ownership with big lawns, as well as the tendency of middle and wealthy classes to live on the periphery and suffer a long journey to work.60

Furthermore, American suburbs are distinctive in their political independence. In comparison to Europe, incorporated suburbs thwarted movements toward metropolitan governance. Suburbs from Brookline, Massachusetts, to Evanston, Illinois, to Beverly Hills, California, fought annexation and evolved as municipalities in opposition to central cities. The racial landscape of America remains the most telling illustration of this fragmented metropolis. From 1950 to 1965, the nonwhite population of cities rose ten times faster than the white population, while in the suburbs the white population grew 36 times more than the nonwhite.61

Politics and Planning

While social analysis and cultural imagery dominated the agendas of many urbanists, scholarship on politics moved in the opposite direction. Increasingly, urban political historians not only reject the "machine" paradigm for its biographical, episodic, and manichean treatments of urban politics, but remain critical of reducing politics to issues of symbolism and culture.62 For Jon Teaford, David Hammack, and Harold Platt, in particular, modern city services and infrastructures created new municipal agencies and special-interest factions that transcended neighborhood and ethnic loyalties, dramatically altering forms of municipal authority. Even elites were never monolithic. Rather, they were internally divided, constantly competing, and shifting alliances depending upon the issues involved. The provision of services and infrastructures in late nineteenth-century cities was, in Teaford's words, an "unheralded triumph." Engineers thus replace elective officials in the political narrative of the city.63

Such examinations of urban political institutions conclude that the "local state" was relatively autonomous from social and cultural patterns. Nineteenth-century municipalities spent far more money than state and federal counterparts and enjoyed considerable control over their destinies. Forced to compete against one another for the best revenue-generating activities, cities adopted policies of "promotional governance," acted as "economic adventurers," and relied on residential property owners for support, not immigrant or working-class masses looking for patronage or social services. By investing in new physical infrastructures, municipalities underwrote the expansion of a capitalist urban economy.64

More significantly, immigrant and working-class groups, traditionally identified as proponents of patronage, actually resisted municipal expansion. In a case study of San Francisco, Terrence McDonald discovered that municipal taxes and expenditures reached historic lows under administrations dominated by Irish politicians (in part, because home ownership increased among immigrants and workers). Progressive reformers and ward bosses alike espoused "pay as you go" philosophies and minimal expenditures. The pattern of low per capita municipal expenditures from 1890 to 1910, years when allegedly patronage-driven machines were powerful, is repeated in other studies. The watchwords of the age were not "spend, spend, spend" but "economy."65

This interpretive framework relegates the machine model of urban politics to myth. While 80 percent of the 30 largest cities had "machines" from 1880 to 1914, few enjoyed a long hegemony, most were "factional," and endured only through two or three elections. Even the prototypical boss, George Washington Plunkitt, suffered a loyal opposition throughout his political career before three defeats finally drove him out of office. Most significantly, battles between bosses and reformers in cities like San Francisco little effected city expenditures. Ideology and institutional structure did. A bipartisan commitment to fiscal conservatism was shared by both "patronage-hungry" ward bosses and economy-minded reformers. The squandering boss is simply a caricature, the political machine a social construct.66

This institutional paradigm has influenced studies of urban crime. In Philadelphia, Allen Steinberg shows how ordinary residents shaped the criminal justice system through citizen prosecutions in the early nineteenth century. By the century's end, the fluid, flexible, and sometimes corrupt system which enabled city dwellers to act as defendants and prosecutors was replaced by a state-administered system which was more efficient but less democratic and participatory. In New York, Eric Monkkonen finds a political economy demanding good services at low cost. Arresting felons was cheap, while prosecuting and punishing them was expensive. Hence, nineteenth-century cities devoted comparatively few resources to the prosecution of criminals.67

One weakness of the institutional approach is the overly narrow conception of urban politics, scrutinizing only budgets and public policies. Some argue for a broader paradigm in the form of a "public culture." Thomas Bender was among the earliest to apply Jurgen Habermas's theory of public and private spheres, not only to explain the changing use of urban space and politics, but as a vehicle synthesizing the voluminous corpus of social history. Rather than defining politics according to elections, parties, office holders and bureaucracies, Bender urged historians to examine the different manifestations of power, ranging from the state "to the power to establish categories of social analysis and understanding." In effect, Bender called for a "linguistic turn," an examination of the language and discourses that described and shaped political behavior.68

The paradigm of a "public culture" locates political life outside the state. Similarly, historians employing gender as an analytic category have argued for a more broadly conceived urban polity. Maureen Flanagan compares male and female "city clubs" with similar class and racial memberships, finding the latter frequently promoted different and conflicting visions of "progressive" politics. Examinations of Roman Catholic nuns and educational unions challenge orthodox interpretations of urban charity and social welfare work that emphasize the influence of Protestant and settlement house ideas. Other studies searching for the origins of the national welfare state increasingly focus on female volunteerism, "cooperative" or "municipal housekeeping," juvenile courts and child health programs, most of which originated or were headquartered in cities.69

Historians of the parks movement use the "public culture" paradigm to investigate themes of urban republicanism. Green spaces were not simply works of art. They were envisioned as a pastoral locus of cultivation and cosmopolitanism, a literal and symbolic alternative to unbridled capitalism combating "the forces of barbarism." Elizabeth Blackmar, Roy Rosenzweig, and Alexander von Hoffman insist that nineteenth-century reformers like Frederick Law Olmsted sought to limit the power of local, elective democracy which they considered "a fundamentally corrupt exchange," not "an expression of popular will." Conflicts over the meaning of "public" thus had cultural, spatial, political, and property-based dimensions. Similarly, private associations like the Chicago Relief and Aid Society not only assumed broad political and "public" responsibilities, but virtually became a "private state" in their control of public resources. In New York, moral reform or "preventive societies" frequently assumed law-enforcement and policing powers after 1870.70

Others scrutinize the language of public life. Mary Ryan and Philip Ethington delineate a nineteenth-century "public discourse" centered around the newspaper and the marketplace, not social tensions or conflicts. Carl Smith treats the Great Fire, the Haymarket incident, and the Pullman strike in Chicago as "texts" expressing certain "imaginative" views of the city. Urban traumas and catastrophes not only haunted urban residents but defined their conception of the city.71

These "linguistic turns" present new ways of conceptualizing public life and politics in cities. Historians in search of a public culture emphasize the oratory of electoral campaigns and their associated institutions (parties, newspapers, lobbyists). This method not only illustrates the importance of symbols and politics in the formation of group identities but permits the inclusion of long-ignored groups into political narratives. The attention to language illuminates how certain groups conceptualized the city and civic identity.

Historians focusing on public culture rely on groups and events that created "scripts"--elections, parades, disasters, trials. Such a paradigm, however, ignores the daily operations of the state and veers close to reducing politics to a study of communication, obscuring important political, economic, or social change. Compare Chicago and San Francisco. Using unpublished city council records and debates, Robin Einhorn finds a narrowly-defined polity in early Chicago, one dominated by and organized around real estate interests. By contrast Philip Ethington, relying upon election rhetoric and newspaper coverage, concludes early San Francisco enjoyed a broader, more participatory public life. Only later did that public degenerate into a "politics of needs, interest groups, and government by administration." One is left wondering when the "decline" of public life began. Was the American city really once more "public" than now? If so, for whom? Was it ever open to widespread participation of the majority? Or was it largely plutocratic throughout history?72

These disagreements reflect larger methodological divisions among historians. Institutional interpretations demand that historians analyze measurable results (budgets, bureaucratic behavior, infrastructures), not simply the rhetoric of elections or the symbolic banners of parades. Indeed, political historians have devoted surprisingly little research regarding local budgets and bureaucracies. Yet the public culture paradigm has "deconstructed" political "languages" while the organizational structures of urban polities remain largely unknown or misunderstood. Institutional historians point out that reliance on the rhetoric and bombast of ward bosses and journalists only generated the myth of the machine, not accurate history. The institutional interpretation, however, may not explain critical twentieth-century developments. For example, historians studying the emergence of a "second ghetto" after World War II might argue that the municipality embodied certain community values about "whiteness" and race. The government-sanctioned, Northern form of de jure segregation effectively incorporated the cultural beliefs of white residents in various municipal institutions.73

Historians of urban planning have, in some respects, unwittingly integrated the institutional and linguistic approaches. Studies of the park and City Beautiful movements base their arguments on the debates, discourses, and languages grounded in the Olmstedian ideals and rhetoric of the nineteenth century. The origins of comprehensive physical planning are located in the changing concepts and definitions of land use, a very specific dialogue and discourse which emerged at the end of the nineteenth century and marked the beginnings of modernism.74

Most histories of twentieth-century planning, however, remain structuralist in methodology and critical of the planning profession, postwar liberals, and their government allies. Overly concerned with "blight," planners addressed the problems of poverty and inequality as physical, not social, problems. While Robert Caro's The Power Broker (1974) remains influential, recent interpretations reject his "great man" view of history. These scholars blame the failures of postwar planning on the social engineering ethos of liberalism, the influence of private developers, the ideologies associated with modernism, or some combination thereof. Regardless of liberal, radical or conservative ideologies, planning ultimately reflected the conservative, corporate, pro-growth, and institutional values of the era.75

The association of twentieth-century planning with modernism has generated a variety of postmodernist critiques.76 Modernism's affection for linear progress, rational planning, standardization of knowledge, new communication systems, and engineering wonders were embraced in projects ranging from Haussman's Paris to Daniel Burnham's White City (1893) and Plan of Chicago (1909) to Frank Lloyd Wright's Broadacre City (1935) to the urban renewal programs of 1950s and 1960s. But after 1970, postmodernists contend, the urban West witnessed a new way of experiencing time and space. The postmodern city is a new urban form, reflected in more flexible modes of capital accumulation, "time-space compression" in the organization of capital, and consumer, image-driven economies. David Harvey even postulates the precise moment of urban modernity's death: 3:32 p.m. on July 15, 1972 when the Pruitt-Igoe housing development in St. Louis, a prize-winning version of LeCorbusier's "machine for modern living," was dynamited.77

Many, if not most, urban historians have been slow to openly invoke postmodern and poststructural theory. Calls to entertain and apply such theories literally draw groans.78 This is hardly surprising. Although elements of postmodern theory prioritize space as a primary locus of power, many urban histories effectively criticized modernism in the early 1970s--witness Robert Caro's The Power Broker. Well before Michel Foucault's spatial theory of heterotopia, historians and critics of urban planning displayed a distrust of universal or "totalizing" theories or "meta-narratives."79

Indeed, postmodern interpretations of the city seem to ignore or stand outside of history. If any generalization possibly describes urban history, it is that contestation, heterogeneity and confusion define the history of cities. Fragmentation and indeterminacy are the grist of urban life. Cities have always been complicated and resistant to human-imposed order. Indeed, the characteristics applied to the "postmodern city" mimic many of the qualities recent historians associate with the nineteenth-century industrial metropolis. Then as now, cities were labyrinths, emporiums, theaters--places where people assumed multiple roles and became what they pleased. Personal identities were rendered "soft," open, and endlessly fluid. The multiple forms of industrialization represented and produced disorder. Nearly a century ago, Henry James returned to New York after a long absence and complained about the "chaos" and "invented" qualities of urban life, that Gotham was a "struggle in the void." For James, earlier signals, styles and systems of communication that were the lifeblood of the metropolis were rendered meaningless or incomprehensible.80

Indeed, Jane Jacobs was an early "postmodernist." The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) remains the most influential critique of postwar planning and modern architecture. Published in the same year as the last "meta-narrative"--Lewis Mumford's The City in History--Jacobs severely attacked Ebenezer Howard, LeCorbusier, modern city planning, federal policy makers, financiers, even critics of modernism like Mumford. For Jacobs, modern urban planning was "not the rebuilding of cities, [but] the sacking of cities."81Her celebration of the chaotic and spatial diversity made Jacobs "anti-modernist" in her time, perhaps postmodernist in ours.

Paradoxically, Disneyland functions as one synthesizing paradigm for this literature on culture, politics, planning, the built environment, and suburbanization. By the early 1960s, Disneyland's imaginary landscape based on collective nostalgia manipulated around consumption was viewed as a "symbolic American utopia." The child-centered, amusement universe of Disneyland (1955) and the adult-centered, postmodern aesthetics of Disney World (1971) emerged during an era when sunbelt cities from Los Angeles to Miami lacked a singular visual identity like the steel mill in the company town or the skyscraper in the modern metropolis. In the current fin-de-siecle, Disneyland is the nexus of urban culture and entrepreneurial capital, the representation of a new form of economic growth emphasizing service, order and corporate control, a "symbolic economy" turned real.82

A variety of urbanists see Disneyland as both metaphor and reality, the epitome of the postmodern city. The traditional downtown is replaced by freeways, clusters of suburban homes, isolated office towers, and low-rise industrial parks. Disneyland symbolizes a new urban prototype celebrating leisure and affluence. Quality of life supersedes the maximizing of wealth. Such cities--not the nineteenth-century industrial city--define the postwar (some even say "modern") city. An urban form rooted in rest and recreation, amusement parks and expositions, spaces of commerce and fantasy, better explains how American cities developed in space, time, and character.83 If the Columbian Exposition provides multiple interpretive paradigms for the fin-de-sieclemetropolis, Mickey Mouse on Main Street does the same a century later. "All the world's a fair" is supplanted by "All the world is Disneyland."

Yet, much of this literature ignores important historical continuities. The association of fantasy, illusion, and nostalgia with cities is hardly new. Lewis Mumford aptly recognized this half a century ago: "The metropolis itself may be described as a World's Fair in continuous operation."84 Indeed, ideologies of urban and nostalgic fantasy appear in the industrial metropolises of the East and Midwest. Examinations of Times Square, for example, contend that location marked the first time a major city's "agora" was developed for leisure and illusion, not governmental, religious, or market purposes. This, in effect, distinguished modernity from its predecessors. The most recent work on the evolution of the postwar shopping mall finds the implementation of entertainment and play for marketing and planning strategies. Finally, William Leach convincingly argues that the world's first and most powerful culture of consumption was fathered in the industrial city by the likes of John Wanamaker and Marshall Field, figuratively and literally within their department store windows. The department store and a broad network of institutions--art museums, investment banks, universities, chain stores, advertisers--generated an "urban landscape of consumer desire" by 1930.85


For over three decades, urban historians have abandoned the "Mumfordian" meta-narrative. While cultural paradigms serve as the connecting link in this essay, many of the approaches discussed above remain divorced and segregated from each other. Practitioners of certain methodologies and subfields barely know, much less debate, other perspectives. Fragmentation defines the way historians now envision the urban past. Case study, subcultural, interdisciplinary, and postmodern methodologies prove that cities defy easy generalization and definition. While there is much to admire in Mumford's organic urban history linking culture, politics, and technology, his remains a highly romanticized view.86 Urbanists have even foregone Sam Bass Warner, Jr.'s call for a comparative, synthesizing "scaffolding" approach because few believe "all the world was Philadelphia." Philadelphia in 1775, New York in 1860, Chicago in 1900, and Los Angeles in 1950 represent distinctive cities having less, not more, in common with urban counterparts.87Consequently, urban history remains a field with no totalizing theory, hegemonic interpretation, or universal paradigm. A plurality of microtheories characterizes the history of American cities.

Even subcultural paradigms fail to offer a synthetic overview. Subcultures are what make cities cities, and cities enable subcultures to flourish. Yet, urbanists and other historians risk overusing "culture" as an explanatory tool. The history of American cities now incorporates alternative cultures, commercial culture, community culture, consumer culture, criminal cultures, ethnic culture, leisure culture, planning cultures, plebeian cultures, political culture, popular culture, public culture, racial culture, regional culture, sexual cultures, spiritual cultures, women's culture, workers' culture and youth culture. Who and what does not have a culture? Cultural paradigms have opened many new windows in urban history, but the ensuing draft has blown the field into modest chaos.

Some justifiably lament the abandonment of a broad narrative. Most recently, Charles Tilly and Howard Gillette urged urban historians to move toward centrality and away from particularity. Cities offer opportunities to study the interaction between large social processes and the routines of local life, a chance to explore the "total history" of ecology, politics, and society. Others complain that insularity and novelty, not dialogue, characterize the study of cities. Instead of engaging in interdisciplinary research, urbanists have sealed themselves off and narrowed their discussions.88

Calls for synthesis, however, risk imposing a new urban orthodoxy. Compare recent subcultural histories on Chicago's African-American migration, an ethnic Catholic parish, and New York's gay community.89A synthesis of their shared attributes might emphasize their marginalized and subordinated conditions. Broadly (or synthetically) speaking, each of these radically different communities built empowered, self-reliant, and alternative subcultures for themselves. Yet, such a portrait flattens a contested social landscape. By definition, synthesis combines different parts to form a whole, emphasizing the shared, the common, and the typical. What is remarkable about these and other urban communities is the singular, the uncommon, the atypical. Glossing over the particular on behalf of the commonplace invites turning the themes of autonomy, independence and power into a reductionist mantra.

For nearly twenty years, urban history has flourished in interdisciplinary chaos, generating its most innovative scholarship. Only a generation ago Richard Wade and others complained about the paucity of research on American cities. Today, we know more about American cities than ever before.90Recent urban historiography mirrors the city itself, devoid of continuity, collective agreement, or a single, unifying theme. Like egocentric city residents passing from difference to difference and place to place, urban historians move from subject to subject disconnected and detached (dare I say alienated) from one another.

This state of affairs is hardly surprising. Nor is it necessarily bad. Cities are always in motion, pluralistic, rarely calm, resistant to efforts to logically comprehend their total meaning. Should we expect anything different from urban scholarship? Henry Adams provided an apt precis: "Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man."91



I wish to thank participants in the Urban History Seminar at the Chicago Historical Society, Michael Ebner, Elliott Gorn, Harold Platt and especially James Grossman for the constructive comments they made on earlier versions of this essay. I am indebted to Adam Stewart for his invaluable assistance in writing the hypertext version of the essay.

1. For earlier views of the Fair, see David F. Burg, Chicago's White City of 1893 (Lexington: Univ. Press of Kentucky, 1976); R. Reid Badger, The Great American Fair: The World's Columbian Exposition and American Culture (Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1979); Paul Boyer, Urban Masses and Moral Order in America, 1820-1920 (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1978), 182-84, 269-71; Thomas S. Hines, Burnham of Chicago: Architect and Planner (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1974), 73-138; Norman T. Newton, Design on the Land: The Development of Landscape Architecture (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1971). For purposes of manageability, this essay concentrates on works published since Stanley I. Kutler and Stanley N. Katz, eds., The Promise of American History: Progress and Prospects(Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1982).

2. M. Christine Boyer, Dreaming the Rational City: The Myth of American City Planning (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1983), 50-51; Stanley K. Schultz, Constructing Urban Culture: American Cities and City Planning, 1800-1920 (Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Press, 1989), 209-17, quote 214; William Cronon, Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West (New York: Norton, 1991), 341-69, quotes 340, 349; Alan Trachtenberg, The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age (New York: Hill and Wang, 1982), 216, 231; Neil Harris, Wim de Wit, James Gilbert, Robert W. Rydell, Grand Illusions: Chicago's World's Fair of 1893 (Chicago: Chicago Historical Society, 1993), 95, 143; Peter B. Hales, "Photography and the World's Columbian Exposition: A Case Study," Journal of Urban History, 15 (1989), 269; Rydell, All the World's a Fair: Visions of Empire at American International Expositions, 1876-1916(Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1984), 2.

3. John Kasson, Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century (New York: Hill and Wang, 1978); Russell Lewis, "Everything Under One Roof: World's Fairs and Department Stores in Paris and Chicago," Chicago History, 12 (Fall 1983), 29-43; Curtis M. Hinsley, "The World as Marketplace: Commodification of the Exotic at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893," in Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display, Ivan Karp and Steven D. Lavine, eds. (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991). Other works that discuss the Fair include: James Gilbert, Perfect Cities: Chicago's Utopias of 1893 (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1991), 75-130; Madeline Weimann, The Fair Women: The Story of the Woman's Building, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago 1893 (Chicago: Academy Chicago, 1981); idem, "Fashion and the Fair," Chicago History, 12 (Fall 1983), 48-56; Harris, Cultural Excursions: Marketing Appetites and Cultural Tastes in Modern America (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1990); Lawrence Levine, Highbrow/Lowbrow: The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America(Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1988), 208-10; Frank A. Cassell and Marguerite E. Cassell, "The White City in Peril: Leadership and the World's Columbian Exposition," Chicago History, 12 (Fall 1983), 11-27. Works which interpret the Fair as the culmination, not the beginning, of certain nineteenth-century forces include William H. Wilson, The City Beautiful Movement (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1989), 53-74; and Cronon, Nature's Metropolis. Wilson also deemphasizes the Fair's influence in relation to the City Beautiful movement, sanitation, urban reform and architectural change.

4. For examples, see the wide range of topics and assignments in Judy A. Lankford, "The Urban History Association: Syllabus Exchange" (Richmond, Va.: The Valentine Museum, 1990); idem, "The Urban History Association: Syllabus Exchange II" (Richmond, Va.: Valentine Museum, 1993). On Thernstrom, see Bruce Stave, "A Conversation with Stephan Thernstrom," Journal of Urban History, 1 (1975), 189-215; reprinted in Stave, ed., The Making of Urban History: Historiography Through Oral History (Beverly Hills, Calif.: Sage, 1977), 230; Stephan Thernstrom, "The New Urban History," in Charles F. Delzell, ed., The Future of History (Nashville: Vanderbilt Univ. Press, 1977), 43-44; idem, "Reflections on the New Urban History," Daedalus, 100 (1971), 359-75. The term "new urban history" was first employed in Richard Sennett and Stephan Thernstrom, eds., Nineteenth-Century Cities: Essays in the New Urban History (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1969). For other critiques of urban studies contemporaneous with Thernstrom, see Peter Saunders, Social Theory and the Urban Question (New York: Holmes and Meier, 1981), 13; idem, "Space, the City, and Urban Sociology," in Derek Gregory and John Urry, eds., Social Relations and Spatial Structures (London: Macmillan, 1985); Manuel Castells, "Is There An Urban Sociology?" in C.G. Pickvance, ed., Urban Sociology: Critical Essays (London: Tavistock, 1976, orig. 1968); Mark Gottdiener and Joe R. Feagin, "The Paradigm Shift in Urban Sociology," Urban Affairs Quarterly, 24 (1988), 163-87. For a brief review of some of these debates, see Howard Gillette, Jr., "Introduction," in Gillette and Zane L. Miller, eds. , American Urbanism: A Historiographical Review (New York: Greenwood, 1987), 2. On the perceived crisis of confidence in urban history, see David Hamer, New Towns in the New World: Images and Perceptions of the Nineteenth Century Urban Frontier(New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1990), 2-6.

5. Historiographical essays on urban history, many focusing on the difficulties of defining the field, virtually constitute a genre unto itself. Indeed, few fields have engaged in as much historiographical navel gazing as urban history. I found over 30 articles and at least three books, including 17 since 1980, on the field. See Carl Abbott, "Reading Urban History: Influential Books and Historians," Journal of Urban History, 21 (1994) 31-43; idem, "Thinking About Cities: The Central Tradition in U.S. Urban History," Journal of Urban History, 22 (1996), 687-701; Stuart M. Blumin, "City Limits: Two Decades of Urban History in the JUH," Journal of Urban History, 21 (1994), 7-30; Kathleen N. Conzen, "Community Studies, Urban History, and American Local History" in Michael Kammen, ed., The Past Before Us: Contemporary Historical Writing in the United States (Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press, 1980), 270-291; idem, "The New Urban History: Defining the Field" in James B. Gardner and George Rollie Adams, eds. Ordinary People and Everyday Lives: Perspectives on the New Social History (Nashville, Tenn.: American Assoc. for State and Local History, 1983); Kathleen Neils Conzen and Michael H. Ebner, "The United States" in Christian Engei and Horst Matzerath, eds., Modern Urban History Research in Europe, U.S.A. and Japan: A Handbook (Oxford, Eng.: Berg, 1989), 207-29, 533-50; Michael Ebner, "Urban History: Retrospect and Prospect," Journal of American History, 68 (1981), 69-84; Derek Fraser and Anthony Sutcliffe, eds. The Pursuit of Urban History (London: Edward Arnold, 1983); Michael Frisch, "American Urban History as an Example of Recent Historiography," History and Theory, 18 (1979), 350-77; idem, "Urban Theorists, Urban Reform, and American Political Culture in the Progressive Period," Political Science Quarterly, 97 (1982), 295-315; Howard Gillette, Jr. and Zane L. Miller, eds. American Urbanism: A Historiographical Review (New York: Greenwood, 1987); Gillette, "Rethinking American Urban History: New Directions for the Posturban Era," Social Science History, 14 (1990), 203-28; Charles N. Glaab, "The Historian and the American City: A Bibliographic Survey," in Philip M. Hauser and Leo F. Schnore, The Study of Urbanization (New York, 1965); Theodore Hershberg, "The New Urban History: Toward an Interdisciplinary History of the City," Journal of Urban History, 5 (1978), 3-40, revised in Hershberg, ed., Philadelphia: Work, Space, Family, and Group Experience in the Nineteenth Century (New York: Oxford Univ. Press 1981), 3-35; Dwight Hoover, "The Diverging Paths of American Urban History," American Quarterly, 20 (1968), 296-317; Roy Lubove, "The Urbanization Process: An Approach to Historical Research," Journal of the American Institute of Planners, 33 (1967), 33-39; Seymour J. Mandelbaum, "Historians and Planners: The Constructions of Pasts and Futures," Journal of the American Planning Association, 51 (1985), 185-88; Margaret Marsh, et al. "Old Forms, New Visions: New Directions in United States Urban History," Pennsylvania History, 59 (1992), 21-40; Terrence J. McDonald, "Theory and Practice in the New History: Rereading Arthur Meier Schlesinger's The Rise of the City, 1878-1898," Reviews in American History, 20 (1992), 432-45; Blake McKelvey, "American Urban History Today," American Historical Review, 57 (1952), 919-29; Raymond A. Mohl, "The History of the American City," in William H. Cartwright and Richard L. Watson, Jr., The Reinterpretation of American History and Culture (Washington, D.C.: National Council for the Social Sciences, 1973), 165-205; idem, "New Perspectives on American Urban History" in Mohl, ed., The Making of Urban America (Wilmington, Del.: Scholarly Resources, 1997), 335-74; Arthur M. Schlesinger, "The City in American History," Mississippi Valley Historical Review, 27 (1940), revised in Schlesinger, Paths to the Present (New York, 1949), 210-33; Joel Schwartz, "Postindustrial New York and the End of Urban History," Journal of Urban History, 21 (1995), 265-73; John B. Sharpless and Sam Bass Warner, Jr., "Urban History," American Behavioral Scientist, 21 (1977), 221-44; Stave, Making of Urban History; Thernstrom, "New Urban History," 43-44; idem, "Reflections," 359-75; Charles Tilly, "What Good is Urban History?" Journal of Urban History, 22 (1996), 702-19; Richard C. Wade, "The City in History - Some American Perspectives," in Werner Z. Hirsch, ed., Urban Life and Form (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1963), 59-79; idem, "An Agenda for Urban History," in Herbert J. Bass, ed., The State of American History (Chicago: Quadrangle Books, 1970), 43-69; idem,"Urbanization" in C. Vann Woodward, ed., The Comparative Approach to American History (New York: Basic Books, 1968); Dana F. White, "The Underdeveloped Discipline: Interdisciplinary Directions in American Urban History," American Studies: An International Newsletter, 9 (1971), 3-16; Louis Wirth, "Urbanism as a Way of Life," American Journal of Sociology, 44 (1938), 1-24.

6. For debates over what is "Western" history, see Stephen Aron, "Lessons in Conquest: Towards a Greater Western History," Pacific Historical Review, 63 (1994), 125-47; Donald Worster, "New West, True West: Interpreting the Region's History," Western Historical Quarterly, 18 (1987), 141-56; Patricia Limerick, Clyde Milner, and Charles Rankin, eds., Trails: Toward a New Western History (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1991); William Cronon, George Miles, and Jay Gitlin, eds., Under an Open Sky: Rethinking America's Western Past (New York: W.W. Norton, 1992); Walter Nugent, "Where Is the American West?: Report on a Survey," Montana: The Magazine of Western History, 42 (1992), 2-23. On intellectual history, see William J. Bouwsma, "From History of Ideas to History of Meaning," in Theodore K. Rabb and Robert I. Rotberg, eds., The New History: The 1980s and Beyond (Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1982), 279-91. On diplomatic history, see Michael J. Hogan, ed., America in the World: The Historiography of American Foreign Relations Since 1941 (New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1995). On cultural studies, see Lawrence Grossberg, Cary Nelson, Paula Treichler, eds., Cultural Studies (New York: Routledge, 1992), 3 (quote). Also see Bill Readings, The University in Ruins (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1996), 97. For new definition of "urbanism," see William Sharpe and Leonard Wallock, "From 'Great Town' to 'Nonplace Urban Realm': Reading the Modern City," in Sharpe and Wallock, eds., Visions of the Modern City(Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1987), 1-50.

7. "New Urban History," 3-40; and idem, Philadelphia, 3-35; Edward K. Muller, "From Waterfront to Metropolitan Region: The Geographical Development of American Cities" in American Urbanism, 105-33. Most of the essays in Philadelphia argued that work and "industry" determined the spatial makeup of the nineteenth-century city, while ignoring cultural influences like religion and ethnicity. See Olivier Zunz, "The Synthesis of Social Change: Reflections on American Social History," in Zunz, ed. Reliving the Past: The Worlds of Social History (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1985), 90. On the characteristics of the "new urban history," see Sennett and Thernstrom, Nineteenth-Century Cities; Thernstrom, "New Urban History," 43. On the limits of the "new urban" and "new social" histories, see Eric H. Monkkonen, "The Dangers of Synthesis," American Historical Review, 91 (1986), 1146-1157. Several reviews simply treats urban history as a subfield of social history. See Alice Kessler Harris, "Social History," in Eric Foner, ed., The New American History (Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Press, 1990), 163-84; and Conzen, "The New Urban History." On four "mainstream" or generational traditions in urban history, see Abbott, "Thinking About Cities," 687-701. For more detailed analyses of these earlier schools, see the essays in Gillette and Miller, American Urbanism. Professionally, the field exhibited considerable vitality by the late 1980s. The Urban History Association was founded in 1988; its membership reached 505 in 1994. See Urban History Newsletter, 1 (March 1989), 3 (founding); 13 (March 1995), 4; 16 (Oct. 1996), 10. A more sanguine view of the organization's early history appears in Gillette, "Rethinking," 203-06. The Society for American City and Regional Planning History was founded in 1986, in large part because city planners and planning faculty resented "the polite brushoff in academic curricula and professional conferences" given to the history of planning. See Urban History Newsletter, 7 (March 1992), 1. By 1996, H-Urban (1993) was the oldest of the H-Net electronic discussion lists with over 1,200 subscribers from 35 countries, making it one of the largest groupings. See Alan Mayne, "H-Urban Update, Via Australia," Urban History Newsletter, 16 (Oct. 1996), 4.

8. Clifford Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures (New York: Basic Books, 1973); Claude S. Fischer, "Toward a Subcultural Theory of Urbanism," American Journal of Sociology, 80 (1975), 1319-41; idem, The Urban Experience (San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976); idem, "The Subcultural Theory of Urbanism: A Twentieth-Year Assessment," American Journal of Sociology, 101 (1995), 543-77. A recent application of Fischer is George Chauncey, Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World (New York: Basic Books, 1994), 133-41. On the popularity of the case study, see Conzen and Ebner, "United States," 211-12. For critiques of modernization, see Zunz, "The Synthesis of Social Change," 73-75; Thomas Bender, Community and Social Change in America (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1978). Subcultural approaches grounded in cultural anthropology or urban sociology are hardly new to urban history. For earlier examples, see Caroline Ware, Greenwich Village, 1920-1930: A Comment on American Civilization in the Post-War Years (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1935); Constance McLaughlin Green, Holyoke, Massachusetts: A Case Study of the Industrial Revolution in America (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1939); Oscar Handlin, Boston's Immigrants: A Study in Acculturation (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1941); Clyde Vernon Kiser, Sea Island to City: A Study of St. Helena Islanders in Harlem and Other Urban Centers (New York: Columbia University Press, 1932). Also see Green, "The Value of Local History," and other essays in Ware, ed., The Cultural Approach to History(New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1940), 275-86.

9. John Bodnar's The Transplanted: A History of Immigration in Urban America (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1985), has replaced Oscar Handlin's The Uprooted (New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1951), and Boston's Immigrants: A Study in Acculturation (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1941) as the standard interpretation for immigration. On the persistence of ethnic cultures, see Zunz, The Changing Face of Inequality: Urbanization, Industrial Development, and Immigrants in Detroit, 1880-1920 (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1982); Lawrence W. Levine, Black Culture and Black Consciousness: Afro-American Folk Thought from Slavery to Freedom (New York: Oxford University Press, 1977); Donna R. Gabaccia, From Sicily to Elizabeth Street: Housing and Social Change Among Italian Immigrants, 1880-1930 (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1984); idem, From the Other Side: Women, Gender, and Immigrant Life in the U.S., 1820-1990 (Bloomington: Indiana Univ. Press, 1994); David A. Gerber, The Making of American Pluralism: Buffalo, New York, 1825-1860 (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1989); Deborah Dash Moore, At Home in America: Second Generation New York Jews (New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1981); idem, To the Golden Cities: Pursuing the American Jewish Dream in Miami and L. A. (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1994); George J. Sanchez, Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945 (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1993); Frederick M. Binder and David M. Reimers, All the Nations Under Heaven: An Ethnic and Racial History of New York City (New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1995); Arnold R. Hirsch and Joseph Logsdon, eds., Creole New Orleans: Race and Americanization (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Univ. Press, 1992); Stanley Nadel, Little Germany: Ethnicity, Religion, and Class in New York City, 1845-1880 (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1991); Ronald H. Bayor and Timothy J. Meagher, eds., The New York Irish (New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1996); Lawrence J. McCaffrey, Ellen Skerrett, Michael F. Funcheon, Charles Fanning, The Irish in Chicago (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1987); Bodnar, Roger Simon and Michel P. Weber, Lives of Their Own: Blacks, Italians, and Poles in Pittsburgh, 1900-1960 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1982). Even case studies of southern and western cities find different patterns of adjustment and community formation. See Dino Cinel, From Italy to San Francisco: The Immigrant Experience (Stanford: Stanford Univ. Press, 1982); Gary R. Mormino and George E. Pozzetta, The Immigrant World of Ybor City, Italians and Their Latin Neighbors in Tampa, 1885-1985 (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1987); Mormino, Immigrants on the Hill: Italian-Americans in St. Louis, 1882-1982 (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1986). On ethnic variation and schooling, see Joel Perlmann, Ethnic Differences: Schooling and Social Structure Among the Irish, Italians, Jews, and Blacks in an American City, 1880-1935 (New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1989); David F. Larabee, The Making of An American High School: The Credentials Market and the Central High School of Philadelphia (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1988). On the autonomy of African-American urban communities, see Nick Salvatore, We All Got History: The Memory Books of Amos Webber (New York: Random House, 1996); James Borchert, Alley Life in Washington: Family, Community, Religion, and Folklife in the City, 1850-1970 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1980); Roger Lane, William Dorsey's Philadelphia and Ours: On the Past and Future of the Black City in America (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1991). Zunz shows that three forms of migration distinguished the literature: circular, chain, and career. See Zunz, "The Synthesis of Social Change," 62-63. Other case studies include: Ricardo Romo, East Los Angeles: History of a Barrio (Austin: Univ. of Texas Press, 1983); Virginia E. Sanchez Korrol, From Colonia to Community: The History of Puerto Ricans in New York City, 1917-1948 (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1983); Charles Shanabruch, Chicago's Catholics: The Evolution of an American Identity (Notre Dame, Ind.: Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 1981); Joseph John Parot, Polish Catholics in Chicago, 1850-1920: A Religious History(DeKalb: Northern Illinois Univ. Press, 1981).

10. Elliott J. Gorn, The Manly Art: Bare-knuckle Prize Fighting in America (Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press, 1986); idem, "'Good-Bye Boys, I Die a True American': Homicide, Nativism, and Working-Class Culture in Antebellum New York City," Journal of American History, 74 (1987), 388-410; Roy Rosenzweig, Eight Hours for What We Will: Workers and Leisure in an Industrial City, 1870-1920 (New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1983); John Cumbler, Working-Class Community in Industrial America: Work and Leisure, and Struggle in Two Industrial Cities, 1880-1930 (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1979); Kenneth A. Scherzer, The Unbounded Community: Neighborhood Life and Social Structure in New York City, 1830-1875 (Durham: Duke Univ. Press, 1992); Richard B. Stott, Workers in Metropolis: Class, Ethnicity, and Youth in Antebellum New York City (Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press, 1989); Francis G. Couvares, The Remaking of Pittsburgh: Class and Culture in an Industrializing City, 1877-1919 (Albany: S.U.N.Y. Press, 1984); Perry Duis, The Saloon: Public Drinking in Chicago and Boston, 1880-1920 (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1983); Madelon Powers, "The 'Poor Man's Friend': Saloonkeepers, Workers, and the Code of Reciprocity in U.S. Barrooms, 1870-1920," International Labor and Working-Class History, 45 (1994), 1-15; idem, "Decay from Within: The Inevitable Doom of the American Saloon," in Susanna Barrows and Robin Rooms, eds., Drinking: Behavior and Belief in Modern History (Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1991); idem, Faces Along the Bar: Lore and Order in the Workingman's Saloon, 1870-1920 (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1997). Some labor economists argue that social and geographic divisions, or "segmentation," shaped the American worker's identity. See David M. Gordon, Richard Edwards, and Michael Reich, Segmented Work, Divided Workers: The Historical Transformation of Labor in the United States (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1982); idem, Beyond the Wasteland: A Democratic Alternative to Economic Decline(New York: Anchor/Doubleday, 1983).

11. Elizabeth Blackmar, Manhattan for Rent, 1785-1850 (Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press, 1989), 164; Richard Bushman, The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, Cities (New York: Knopf, 1992), 356. David Rosner, A Once Charitable Enterprise: Hospitals and Health Care in New York and Brooklyn, 1885-1915 (New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1982), examines several Protestant-run charity hospitals in terms of their community and real estate practices. On urban elites, see Frederic Cople Jaher, The Urban Establishment: Upper Strata In Boston, New York, Charleston, Chicago, and Los Angeles(Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1982).

12. On the cultural practices and emergence of urban middle classes, see Stuart M. Blumin, The Emergence of the Middle Class, Social Experience in the American City, 1760-1900 (New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1989); Bushman, Refinement; Karen Halttunen, Confidence Men and Painted Women: A Study in Middle-Class Culture in America, 1830-1860 (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1982); John F. Kasson, Rudeness and Civility: Manners in Nineteenth-Century Urban America (New York: Hill & Wang, 1990). On middle-class consciousness shaped by the workplace, see Olivier Zunz, Making America Corporate, 1870-1920(Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1990).

13. Spiro Kostof, A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals (New York, 1985); idem, The City Assembled: The Elements of Urban Form Through History (Boston: Little, Brown, 1992); idem, The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History (Boston: Little, Brown, 1991); Zeynep Celik, Diane Favro, and Richard Ingersoll, eds., Streets: Critical Perspectives on Public Space (Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1994), 4. Ironically, Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour called for more careful "readings" of urban streets and vernacular forms, arguing that roadside architecture and signage was a new urban form in which meaning and spatial relations were communicated by symbols (signs) rather than form (buildings). See Learning from Las Vegas: The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1972, revised 1994). Recent works building on such themes include John A. Jakle and Keith A. Sculle, The Gas Station in America (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1994); Chester H. Liebs, Main Street to Miracle Mile: American Roadside Architecture, revised edition (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995); Jan Cigliano and Sarah Bradford Landau, eds., The Grand American Avenue 1850-1920 (San Francisco: Pomegranate Artbooks, 1994); Allan B. Jacobs, Great Streets(Cambridge, Massachusetts and London: The MIT Press, 1995).

14. Earl Lewis, In Their Own Interests: Race, Class and Power in Twentieth-Century Norfolk, Virginia (Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1991); Christine Stansell, City of Women: Sex and Class in New York, 1790-1860 (New York: Knopf, 1986), esp. 193-216; John E. Zucchi, The Little Slaves of the Harp: Italian Child Street Musicians in Nineteenth-Century Paris, London, and New York (Montreal: McGill University Press, 1992); David Nasaw, Children of the City: At Work and at Play (Garden City, N.Y.: Anchor/Doubleday, 1985); LeRoy Ashby, Saving the Waifs: Reformers and Dependent Children, 1890-1917 (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1984); Susan G. Davis, Parades and Power: Street Theater in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia (Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Press, 1986); Robin D.G. Kelley, "'We Are Not What We Seem': Rethinking Black Working-Class Opposition in the Jim Crow South," Journal of American History, 80 (1993), 75-112; idem, "The Black Poor and the Politics of Opposition in a New South City, 1929-1970," in Michael Katz, ed. The "Underclass" Debate: Views From History (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993), 293-333; Mary P. Ryan, Civic Wars: Democracy and Public Life in the American City during the Nineteenth Century (Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1997), esp. 53-93; idem, Women in Public: Between Banners and Ballots, 1825-1880 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1990); idem, "The American Parade: Representations of the Nineteenth-Century Social Order," in Lynn Hunt, ed., The New Cultural History(Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1989), 131-53.

15. On the distinctive territorial nature of American urban Catholicism, see John T. McGreevy, Parish Boundaries: The Catholic Encounter with Race in the Twentieth-Century Urban North (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1996); Eileen McMahon, Which Parish are You From? A Chicago Irish Community and Race Relations (Lexington: Univ. Press of Kentucky, 1995); Alan Ehrenhalt, The Lost City: The Forgotten Virtues of Community in America (New York: Basic Books, 1995); Dominic A. Pacyga, Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago (Columbus: Ohio State Univ. Press, 1991). Other important case studies of Chicago working-class communities include: James R. Barrett, Work and Community in the Jungle: Chicago's Packinghouse Workers, 1894-1922 (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1987); Louise Wade, Chicago's Pride: The Stockyards, Packingtown, and Environs in the Nineteenth Century (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1987); Thomas J. Jablonsky, Pride in the Jungle: Community and Everyday Life in Back of the Yards Chicago (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1993); Robert A. Slayton, Back of the Yards: The Making of a Local Democracy (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1986). On spiritualism reflected in street and other spatial rituals, see Robert A. Orsi, The Madonna of 115th Street: Faith and Community in Italian Harlem, 1880-1950 (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1985); idem, Thank You, St. Jude: Women's Devotion to the Patron Saint of Hopeless Causes (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1996); idem, "The Center Out There, In Here, and Everywhere Else: The Nature of Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Jude, 1929-1965," Journal of Social History, 25 (1991), 213-32; Shane White, "'It Was a Proud Day': African Americans, Festivals, and Parades in the North, 1741-1834," Journal of American History, 81 (1994), 13-50; Shane White, Somewhat More Independent: The End of Slavery in New York City, 1770-1810 (Athens: Univ. of Georgia Press, 1990). For a recent application of anthropological questions to urban space, see Robert Rotenberg and Gary McDonogh, eds., The Cultural Meaning of Urban Space(Westport, Conn.: Bergin and Garvey, 1993).

16. The literature on African-Americans and cities is vast. Better and more extensive coverage appears in Kenneth W. Goings and Raymond A. Mohl, "Toward a New African American Urban History," in Goings and Mohl, eds., The New African American Urban History (Thousand Oaks: Sage, 1996), 1-16, and the ensuing essays in the volume; Kenneth L. Kusmer, "African Americans in the City Since World War II: From the Industrial to the Post-Industrial Era," Journal of Urban History, 21 (1995), 458-504; idem, "The Black Urban Experience in American History," in Darlene Clark Hine, ed., The State of Afro-American History (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Univ. Press, 1986), 91-122; Joe William Trotter, Jr., "African Americans in the City: The Industrial Era, 1900-1950," Journal of Urban History, 21 (1995), 438-57; idem, Black Milwaukee: The Making of an Industrial Proletariat, 1915-1945 (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1985); Robert D. Bullard, ed., In Search of the New South: The Black Urban Experience in the 1970s and 1980s (Tuscaloosa: Univ. of Alabama Press, 1990). On African-American migration, see James R. Grossman, Land of Hope: Chicago, Black Southerners, and the Great Migration (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989); Peter Gottlieb, Making Their Own Way: Southern Blacks' Migration to Pittsburgh, 1916-1930 (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois, 1987); Nicholas Lemann, The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America (New York: Knopf, 1991); Jacqueline Jones, The Dispossessed: America's Underclasses from the Civil War to the Present (New York: Basic Books, 1992), 205-65; Trotter, ed., The Great Migration in Historical Perspective: New Dimensions of Race, Class, and Gender (Bloomington: Indiana Univ. Press, 1991). On northern race relations, see James R. Ralph, Northern Protest: Martin Luther King, Jr., Chicago and the Civil Rights Movement (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1994); Cheryl Lynn Greenberg, Or Does It Explode?: Black Harlem in the Great Depression (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1991); Lane, William Dorsey's Philadelphia. On African-Americans in the West, see Douglas Henry Daniels, Pioneer Urbanites: A Social and Cultural History of Black San Francisco (Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1980); Albert S. Broussard, Black San Francisco: The Struggle for Racial Equality in the West, 1900-1954 (Lawrence: Univ. Press of Kansas, 1993); Quintard Taylor, The Forging of a Black Community: Seattle's Central District from 1870 through the Civil Rights Era(Seattle: Univ. of Washington Press, 1994).

17. Lewis Mumford, The City in History(New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1961), 446-81.

18. The social history of specific urban industrial structures and physical forms remains largely unstudied. The multiple forms of industrialization can be found by comparing Sean Wilentz, Chants Democratic: New York City and the Rise of the American Working Class, 1788-1850 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1984); Bruce Laurie, Working People of Philadelphia, 1800-1850 (Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Press, 1980); Philip Scranton, Proprietary Capitalism: The Textile Manufacture in Philadelphia, 1800-1885 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1983); idem, Figured Tapestry: Production, Markets and Power in Philadelphia Textiles, 1885-1941 (New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1989); idem and Walter Licht, Work Sights: Industrial Philadelphia, 1890-1950 (Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Press, 1986); Cynthia J. Shelton, The Mills of Manayunk: Industrialization and Social Conflict in the Philadelphia Region, 1787-1837 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1986); Susan E. Hirsch, The Roots of the American Working Class: The Industrialization of Crafts in Newark, 1800-1860 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1978); Steven J. Ross, Workers on the Edge: Work, Leisure, and Politics in Industrializing Cincinnati, 1788-1890 (New York: Columbia University Press, 1985); Daniel H. Walkowitz, Worker City, Company Town: Iron and Cotton Worker Protest in Troy and Cohoes, New York, 1855-1884 (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1978); Gerald G. Eggert, Harrisburg Industrializes: The Coming of Factories to an American Community (University Park: Pennsylvania State Univ. Press, 1993); Greg Hise, "Home Building and Industrial Decentralization in Los Angeles," Journal of Urban History, 19 (1993), 95-125; idem, Magnetic Los Angeles: Planning the Twentieth-Century Metropolis (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1997). On preindustrial cultures, see Graham R. Hodges, New York City Cartmen, 1667-1850 (New York: New York Univ. Press, 1986); Ronald Schultz, The Republic of Labor: Philadelphia Artisans and the Politics of Class, 1720-1830 (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1993); Steven Rosswurm, Arms, Country, and Class: The Philadelphia Militia and the "Lower Sort" During the American Revolution, 1775-1783 (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers Univ. Press, 1987). On shipping, see Josef W. Konvitz, "The Crisis of Atlantic Port Cities, 1880-1920," Comparative Studies in Society and History, 36 (1994), 293-318. For a concise summary of this literature, see Leonard Wallock, "Work and the Workplace in the City: Toward a Synthesis of the 'New' Labor and Urban History" in American Urbanism, 73-89; Harris, "Introduction," in Lankford, "Syllabus Exchange II," 2-3.

19. For an overview, see Andrea Tuttle Kornbluh, "City Sex: Views of American Women and Urban Culture, 1869-1990," Urban History Yearbook, 18 (1991), 60-83. Among the most influential works are: Mary P. Ryan, Cradle of the Middle Class: The Family in Oneida County, New York, 1790-1865 (New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1981); idem, Women in Public; idem, Civic Wars; Nancy A. Hewitt, Women's Activism and Social Change: Rochester, New York, 1822-1872 (Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press, 1984); Suzanne Lebsock, The Free Women of Petersburg: Status and Culture in a Southern Town, 1784-1860 (New York: Norton, 1984): Elizabeth Ewen, Immigrant Women in the Land of Dollars: Life and Culture on the Lower East Side, 1890-1925 (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1985). Recent studies on "white collar" female workers include: Susan Porter Benson, Counter Cultures: Saleswomen, Managers, and Customers in American Department Stores, 1890-1940 (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1986); Margery W. Davies, Women's Place Is at the Typewriter: Office Work and Office Workers, 1870-1930 (Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Press, 1982); Sharon H. Strom, Beyond the Typewriter: Gender, Class, and the Origins of Modern American Office Work, 1900-1930 (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1992); Miriam Cohen, Workshop to Office: Two Generations of Italian Women in New York City, 1900-1950 (Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press, 1993); Stephen H. Norwood, Labor's Flaming Youth: Telephone Operators and Worker Militancy, 1878-1923(Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1990).

20. Ruth M. Alexander, The "Girl Problem": Female Sexual Delinquency in New York, 1900-1930 (Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press, 1995); Regina G. Kunzel, Fallen Women, Problem Girls: Unmarried Mothers and the Professionalization of Social Work, 1890-1945 (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1993); Marian J. Morton, And Sin No More: Social Policy and Unwed Mothers in Cleveland, 1855-1990 (Columbus: Ohio State Univ. Press, 1993); Mary E. Odem, Delinquent Daughters: Protecting and Policing Adolescent Female Sexuality in the United States, 1885-1920(Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1995).

21. On young female subcultures, see Kathy Peiss, Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York (Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Press, 1986); Stansell, City of Women; Joanne Meyerowitz, Women Adrift: Independent Wage Earners in Chicago, 1880-1930 (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1988). For a brief overview of the considerable literature on prostitution in cities, see Timothy J. Gilfoyle, "Prostitutes in the Archives: Problems and Possibilities in Documenting the History of Sexuality," American Archivist, 57 (1994), 514-27. Also see Gilfoyle, City of Eros: New York City, Prostitution, and the Commercialization of Sex, 1790-1920 (New York: W.W. Norton, 1992); idem, "Policing of Sexuality" in William R. Taylor, ed. Inventing Times Square: Commerce and Culture at the Crossroads of the World (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1991); idem, "From Soubrette Row to Show World: The Contested Sexualities of Times Square, 1880-1995," in Ephan Glenn Colter, Wayne Hoffman, Eva Pendleton, Alison Redick and David Serlin, eds., Policing Public Sex: Queer Politics and the Future of AIDS Activism (Boston: South End Press, 1996), 263-294. On gay subcultures, see George Chauncey, Gay New York; Moshe Shokeid, A Gay Synagogue in New York (New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1995); Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Madeline D. Davis, Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community (New York: Routledge, 1993). On urban vernaculars, see William R. Taylor, In Pursuit of Gotham: Culture and Commerce in New York (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1992), 109-82; Irving Lewis Allen, The City in Slang: New York Life and Popular Speech(New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1993).

22. Various aspects of this paragraph can be found in Kasson, Amusing the Millions; Lewis A. Erenberg,Steppin' Out: New York Nightlife and the Transformation of American Culture, 1890-1930 (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1981); Taylor, Inventing Times Square; Robert W. Snyder, The Voice of the City, Vaudeville and Popular Culture in New York City, 1880-1930 (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1990); Daniel Czitrom, "The Politics of Performance: From Theater Licensing to Movie Censorship in Turn-of-the-Century New York," American Quarterly, 44 (1992), 525-53; idem, "Underworlds and Underdogs: Big Tim Sullivan and Metropolitan Politics in New York, 1889-1913," Journal of American History, 78 (1991), 536-58; David Nasaw, Going Out: The Rise and Fall of Public Amusements (New York: Basic Books, 1993); Burton Peretti, The Creation of Jazz: Music, Race and Culture in Urban America (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1992); Gilfoyle, City of Eros; Chauncey, Gay New York; Ann Douglas, Terrible Honesty: Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920s (New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1995); Steven A. Reiss, Touching Base: Professional Baseball and American Culture in the Progressive Era (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1980); idem, City Games: The Evolution of American Urban Society and the Rise of Sports (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1989); Elaine Abelson, When Ladies Go A-Thieving: Middle-Class Shoppers in the Victorian Department Store (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1989).; Rosenzweig, Eight Hours; Peiss, Cheap Amusements. On modernity as a force for social homogenization, see Warren I. Susman, Culture as History: The Transformation of American Society in the Twentieth Century (New York: Pantheon, 1984). Some argue that urban popular culture was a "democracy" founded on the segregation of African Americans. See Nasaw, Going Out. For interpretations that see African Americans as key actors in this process, see Douglas, Terrible Honesty; and Mark Haller, "Policy Gambling, Entertainment, and the Emergence of Black Politics: Chicago From 1900-1940," Journal of Social History, 24 (1991), 719-40. On sporting institutions and urban culture, see Stephen Hardy, "Sport in Urbanizing America: A Historical Review," Journal of Urban History 23 (1997), 675-708; Neil J. Sullivan, The Dodgers Move West (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1987); Thomas S. Hines, "Housing, Baseball and Creeping Socialism: The Battle of Chavez Ravine, Los Angeles, 1949-1959," Journal of Urban History, 8 (1982), 123-43; Don Parson, "'This Modern Marvel': Bunker Hill, Chavez Ravine, and the Politics of Modernism in Los Angeles," Southern California Quarterly, 75 (1993), 333-50.

23. For an explicit example of this argument, see the various essays in Taylor, Inventing Times Square. David Reynolds argues that elements of this milieu produced an American literary "renaissance." The writings of Whitman, Melville, Poe and Dickinson were direct and integral by-products of the tumultuous, kaleidoscopic, "popular" and sometimes pornographic subcultures of nineteenth-century cities. The result was a complex, contested, democratic and often paradoxical urban culture. See Reynolds, Beneath the American Renaissance: The Subversive Imagination in the Age of Emerson and Melville (New York: Knopf, 1988); idem, Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography (New York: Knopf, 1995). Other recent works which analyze cultural representations of cities, linking them to social and cultural history are Wyn Kelley, Melville's City: Literary and Urban Form in Nineteenth-Century New York (New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1996); Dana Brand, The Spectator and the City in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1991); Carl Smith, Chicago and the American Literary Imagination, 1880-1920 (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1984); Adrienne Siegel, The Image of the American City in Popular Literature, 1820-1870 (Port Washington: Kennikat Press, 1981); Kevin R. McNamara, Urban Verbs: Arts and Discourses of American Cities(Stanford, Calif.: Stanford Univ. Press, 1996).

24. Carl Smith, Urban Disorder and the Shape of Belief: The Great Chicago Fire, the Haymarket Bomb, and the Model Town of Pullman (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995), 1-8, 273; Harvey Warren Zorbaugh, The Gold Coast and the Slum (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press), 87-126. Also see Ross Miller, American Apocalypse: The Great Fire and the Myth of Chicago (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1990). On equating New York with modernity, see Taylor, Pursuit of Gotham. On Los Angeles, see Harvey Molotch, "L.A. as Design Product: How Art Works in a Regional Economy," in Allen J. Scott and Edward W. Soja, eds., The City: Los Angeles and Urban Theory at the End of the Twentieth Century (Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1996), 247-55. Earlier treatments of the American city as the locus of modernity include Arthur M. Schlesinger, The Rise of the City, 1878-1898(New York: Macmillan, 1933).

25. Christopher Silver and John V. Moeser, The Separate City: Black Communities in the Urban South, 1940-1968 (Lexington: Univ. Press of Kentucky, 1995); Roger Lane, Roots of Violence in Black Philadelphia, 1860-1900 (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1986); idem, William Dorsey's Philadelphia, 90-92, 128-33. On the relationship between the African-American underworld and urban politics, see Mark Haller, "Policy Gambling, Entertainment, and the Emergence of Black Politics," 719-40. On the increasingly isolation of antebellum African-Americans, see Gary B. Nash, Forging Freedom: The Formation of Philadelphia's Black Community, 1720-1840 (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1988); Theodore Hershberg, et al., "A Tale of Three Cities" in Hershberg, Philadelphia. For critiques of the literature on urban neighborhoods, see Patricia Mooney-Melvin, "The Neighborhood-City Relationship" in American Urbanism, 257-70; Kathleen Neils Conzen, "Immigrants, Immigrant Neighborhoods, and Ethnic Identity: Historical Issues," Journal of American History, 66 (1979), 603-15.

26. For critiques and overviews, see Herbert Gans, The War Against the Poor: The Underclass and Antipoverty Policy (New York: Basic Books, 1995); Michael Katz, Improving Poor People: The Welfare State, the "Underclass," and Urban Schools in History (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995); idem, In the Shadow of the Poorhouse: A Social History of Welfare in America (New York: Basic Books, 1986), 287; idem, The Undeserving Poor: From the War on Poverty to the War on Welfare (New York: Pantheon, 1989); idem, "The Urban 'Underclass' as a Metaphor of Social Transformation;" and Eric Monkkonen, "Nineteenth-Century Institutions: Dealing with the Urban 'Underclass'," both in Katz, "Underclass" Debate, 1-23, 335; James T. Patterson, America's Struggle Against Poverty, 1900-1994 (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1994); Thomas J. Sugrue, "The Impoverished Politics of Poverty, Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, 6 (1994), 163-79. Critiques of Wilson include Henry Louis Taylor, Jr., "Social Transformation Theory, African Americans, and the Rise of Buffalo's Post-Industrial City," Buffalo Law Review, 39 (1991), 587-600; idem, "The Theories of William Julius Wilson and the Black Experience in Buffalo, New York," in African Americans and the Rise of Buffalo's Post-Industrial City, 1940 to Present (Buffalo: Buffalo Urban League, 1990); Douglas S. Massey and Nancy A. Denton, American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press, 1993). For a comparative history of urban and rural poverty, see Jacqueline Jones, The Dispossessed: America's Underclasses from the Civil War to the Present (New York: Basic Books, 1992). On the social impact of deindustrialization, see John Cumbler, A Social History of Economic Decline: Business, Politics, and Work in Trenton (New Brunswick: Rutgers Univ. Press, 1989). For examples in the nineteenth century, see Bruce Bellingham, "The 'Unspeakable Blessing': Street Children, Reform Rhetoric, and Misery in Early Industrial Capitalism," Politics and Society, 12 (1983), 303-30; idem, "Waifs and Strays: Child Abandonment, Foster Care, and Families in Mid-Nineteenth-Century New York" in Peter Mandler, ed. The Uses of Charity: The Poor on Relief in the Nineteenth Century Metropolis (Philadelphia: Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 1990), 123-60; Trotter, Black Milwaukee. On the 1899 origins of "underclass," see Mark Pittenger, "A World of Difference: Constructing the 'Underclass' in Progressive America," American Quarterly, 49 (1997), 28-29. On underclass theories obscuring more than they reveal, see Mark Stern, "Poverty and Family Composition" in Katz, "Underclass" Debate; Carl Husemoller Nightingale, On the Edge: A History of Poor Black Children and Their American Dreams (New York: Basic Books, 1994); Mitchell Duneier, Slim's Table: Race, Respectability, and Masculinity (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1992). For a concise overview of this voluminous literature, see Thomas Sugrue, The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit (Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1996), 3-6. Recent social science analyses still remain implicitly wedded to Sam Bass Warner Jr.'s tripart model of American urban development. Social scientists argue that metropolitan regions have become "dual cities" of upwardly-mobile affluent professionals and downwardly-mobile workers and underemployed, with the forces economic and physical stratification growing more prominent. On the Warner paradigm, see Sam Bass Warner, Jr., "If All the World were Philadelphia: A Scaffolding for Urban History," American Historical Review, 74 (1968), 26-43; idem, The Private City: Philadelphia in Three Periods of Its Growth (Philadelphia: Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 1968); idem, The Urban Wilderness: A History of the American City (New York: Harper and Row, 1972). Recent accounts that largely adhere to Warner's model include the essays in Manuel Castells and John Hull Mollenkopf, eds. Dual City: Restructuring New York (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1991); William Julius Wilson, The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass and Public Policy (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1987); Emanuel Tobier, The Changing Face of Poverty: Trends in New York City's Population in Poverty, 1960-1990 (New York: Community Service Society, 1984); Jon Teaford, The Twentieth-Century American City: Problem, Promise, and Reality (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1986); Carl Abbott, Urban America in the Modern Age: 1920 to the Present (Arlington Heights, Ill.: Harlan Davidson, 1987); Raymond Mohl, The New City: Urban America in the Industrial Age, 1860-1920(Arlington Heights, Ill.: Harlan Davidson, 1985).

27. Bushman, Refinement, 400-408. On "craft entrepreneurs" and ambitious artisans following this pattern in expanding their businesses, see Wilentz, Chants Democratic, 23-106, 145-71. Also see Levine, Highbrow/Lowbrow, 9; Lizabeth Cohen, Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939 (New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1990). A more critical interpretation of this process appears in Elizabeth Faue, Community of Suffering and Struggle: Men, Women and the Labor Movement in Minneapolis, 1915-1945 (Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1991). Zunz argues that one social-spatial system (the nineteenth-century ethnic neighborhood) was replaced by another (the working-class community near a large factory) between 1900 and 1925. See Zunz, Changing Face. For an earlier study that reached similar conclusions in Chicago, see Charles E. Merriam, Chicago: A More Intimate View of Urban Politics (New York: Macmillan, 1929), 134-47. On leisure and nightlife activities replacing ethnic institutions and associated identities with those of mass culture, see Kasson, Amusing the Millions; Erenberg, Steppin' Out; Taylor, Inventing Times Square; Nasaw, Going Out.

28. The most comprehensive work focuses on New York and Chicago, especially the studies led by Robert A.M. Stern and John Zukowsky: Robert A.M. Stern, Pride of Place: Building the American Dream (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1986); Stern, Gregory Gilmartin, John Massengale, New York 1900: Metropolitan Architecture and Urbanism, 1890-1915 (New York: Rizzoli, 1983); Stern, Gilmartin and Thomas Mellins, New York 1930: Architecture and Urbanism between the Two World Wars (New York: Rizzoli, 1987); Stern, Mellins, David Fishman, New York 1960: Architecture and Urbanism Between the Second World War and the Bicentennial (New York: Monacelli, 1995); John Zukowsky, ed., Chicago Architecture, 1872-1922: Birth of a Metropolis (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1987); idem, ed., Chicago Architecture, 1923-1993: Reconfiguration of an American Metropolis (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1993). For a thoughtful introduction to this literature, see Richard Longstreth, "Architecture and the City" in American Urbanism, 155-94. The history of individual structures remains less explored. Earlier work, most notably on the Brooklyn Bridge, indicated that careful study of individual structures - a "microhistory" of physical form - illuminates broader historical and cultural themes. Earlier models of this approach are David McCullough, The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1972); and Alan Trachtenberg, Brooklyn Bridge: Fact and Symbol(Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1979).

29. David Schuyler, The New Urban Landscape: The Redefinition of Urban Form in Nineteenth-Century America (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1986); David C. Sloane, The Last Great Necessity: Cemeteries in American History (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1991); John D. Fairfield, The Mysteries of the Great City: The Politics of Urban Design, 1877-1937 (Columbus: Ohio State Univ. Press, 1993). On tensions between elite reformers and working-class residents, see Elizabeth Blackmar and Roy Rosenzweig, The Park and the People: A History of Central Park (Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press, 1992); Alexander von Hoffman, Local Attachments: The Making of an American Urban Neighborhood (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1995). On the nineteenth-century origins of urban planning, see Schultz, Constructing Urban Culture; Wilson, City Beautiful Movement.

30. The first company town, founded by the Braintree Iron Works in 1645, predates the era of industrialization. By the 1930s, about 2 million Americans lived in such communities which were in a state of decline. See John S. Garner, ed., The Company Town: Architecture and Society in the Early Industrial Age (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1992); idem, The Model Company Town (Amherst: Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 1984); Margaret Crawford, Building the Workingman's Paradise: The Design of American Company Towns (New York: Verso, 1995); Richard K. Lieberman, Steinway & Sons (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1995), esp. 77-86; Edward K. Spann, Hopedale: From Commune to Company Town, 1840-1920(Columbus: Ohio State Univ. Press, 1992).

31. Daniel Bluestone, Constructing Chicago (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991), 143-50 ("cultivated"); Michael Holleran, Boston's "Changing Times": Origins of Preservation and Planning in America (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998); idem, "Boston's 'Sacred Sky Line': From Prohibiting to Sculpting Skyscrapers, 1891-1928," Journal of Urban History, 22 (1996), 552-85; Mona Domosh, Invented Cities: The Creation of Landscape in Nineteenth-Century New York and Boston (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1996). Earlier works that criticized skyscrapers from such a perspective include Sigfried Giedion, Space, Time and Architecture: The Growth of a New Tradition (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1941); Carl Condit, The Rise of the Skyscraper (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1952). The "invention of the skyscraper" debate centers on definitional questions. See Rosemarie Haag Bletter, "The Invention of the Skyscraper: Notes on Its Diverse Histories," Assemblage, 2 (1987), 110-17. Historical syntheses on the aesthetics and form of skyscrapers include Paul Goldberger, The Skyscraper (New York: Knopf, 1981); Ada Louise Huxtable, The Tall Building Artistically Reconsidered: The Search for a Skyscraper Style(New York: Pantheon, 1982).

32. Carol Willis, Form Follows Finance: Skyscrapers and Skylines in New York and Chicago (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1995); Sarah Bradford Landau and Carl W. Condit, Rise of the New York Skyscraper, 1965-1913 (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1996) (architect's superficial, xiii); Franz Schulze, Mies van der Rohe: A Critical Biography (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1985); John Tauranac, The Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark (New York: Scribner, 1995); Alan Gowans, Styles and Types of North American Architecture (New York: Harper Collins, 1992); Larry R. Ford, Cities and Buildings: Skyscrapers, Skid Rows, and Suburbs (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994); Marc A. Weiss, "Skyscraper Zoning: New York's Pioneering Role," Journal of the American Planning Association, 58 (1992), 201-12; Gail Fenske and Deryck Holdworth, "Corporate Identity and the New York Office Building;" and Willis, "Form Follows Finance: The Empire State Building," both in Olivier Zunz and David Ward, eds., The Landscape of Modernity (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1992), 129-87; Stephen Zoll, "King Kong in New York," Space and Society, 18 (1982), 6-35. Historians now find more in common among cities and their architectural forms, especially among New York, Chicago and Europe. See the essays in John Zukowsky, ed. Chicago and New York: Architectural Interactions (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1984); idem, Chicago Architecture, 1872-1922; and idem, Chicago Architecture, 1923-1993.

33. While only 10 percent of British homes were owner-occupied in 1910, over one-third of American homes were as early as 1890, a reflection of the unique cultural import of housing in the United States. For an excellent summary of housing developments, see Eric H. Monkkonen, America Becomes Urban: The Development of U.S. Cities and Towns, 1780-1980 (Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1988), 183-96. On cooperative housekeeping, see Dolores Hayden, The Grand Domestic Revolution: A History of Feminist Designs for American Homes, Neighborhoods, and Cities (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1981). On gender issues, also see Gwendolyn Wright, Moralism and the Model Home: Domestic Architecture and Cultural Conflict in Chicago, 1873-1913 (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1980); idem, Building the Dream: A Social History of Housing in America (New York: Pantheon, 1981). On tenements and working-class housing, see Blackmar, Manhattan for Rent; Richard A. Plunz, A History of Housing in New York City (New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1989). On the overemphasis on the tenement in the older historiography, see Robert G. Barrows, "Beyond the Tenement: Patterns of American Urban Housing, 1870-1930," Journal of Urban History, (1983), 395-420. On the apartment, see Elizabeth Collins Cromley, Alone Together: A History of New York's Early Apartments (Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press, 1990); John Hancock, "The Apartment House in Urban America," in Anthony D. King, ed., Buildings and Society: Essays on the Social Development of the Built Environment (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1980), 151-92; Elizabeth Hawes, New York, New York: How the Apartment House Transformed the Life of a City (New York: Knopf, 1993); Spiro Kostof, America by Design (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1987); Wim de Wit, "Apartment Houses and Bungalows: Building the Flat City," Chicago History, 12 (Winter 1983-1984), 18-29; Carroll William Westfall, "Home at the Top: Domesticating Chicago's Tall Apartment Buildings," Chicago History, 14 (Spring 1985), 20-39; idem, "The Golden Age of Chicago Apartments," Inland Architect, 24 (1980), 18-26.

34. On homeownership, see Ann Durkin Keating, Building Chicago: Suburban Developers and the Creation of a Divided Metropolis (Columbus: Ohio State Univ. Press, 1988); Zunz, Changing Face; Roger D. Simon, The City-Building Process: Housing and Services in New Milwaukee Neighborhoods, 1880-1910, revised edition (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1996). On the poor investment opportunities of homeownership, see Matthew Edel, Elliot Sclar, Philip Luria, Shaky Palaces: Homeownership and Social Mobility in Boston's Suburbanization (New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1984). The most comprehensive critique of Edel, et al. is Michael Doucet and John Weaver, Housing the North American City (Montreal: McGill-Queens Univ. Press, 1991). On mobility, see Ronald Tobey, Charles Wethrell, Jay Brigham, "Moving Out and Settling In: Residential Mobility, Home Owning, and the Public Enframing of Citizenship, 1921-1950," American Historical Review, 95 (1990), 1395-1422. In the absence of manuscript census records, this study relied heavily on public utility billing records and city directories in Riverside, California. Good overviews and comparative studies include Eugenie Ladner Birch and Deborah S. Gardner, "The Seven-Percent Solution: A Review of Philanthropic Housing, 1870-1910," Journal of Urban History, 7 (1981), 408-38; Martin J. Daunton, "Cities of Homes and Cities of Tenements: British and American Comparisons, 1870-1914," Journal of Urban History, 14 (1988), 283-319. On alternative housing and the two-tiered system that emerged after 1930, see Gail Radford, Modern Housing for America: Policy Struggles in the New Deal Era (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1996); Paul Groth, Living Downtown: The History of Residential Hotels in the United States (Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1994). On housing reform, see Robert B. Fairbanks, Making Better Citizens: Housing Reform and Community Development Strategy in Cincinnati, 1890-1960(Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1988).

35. The "second ghetto" thesis now enjoys a considerable literature. See Arnold Hirsch, Making the Second Ghetto: Race and Housing in Chicago, 1940-1960 (New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1983); idem, "Massive Resistance in the Urban North: Trumbull Park, Chicago, 1953-1966," Journal of American History, 82 (1995), 522-50; Raymond A. Mohl, "Making the Second Ghetto in Metropolitan Miami, 1940-1960," Journal of Urban History, 21 (1995), 395-427, reprinted in Kenneth W. Goings and Mohl, eds., The New African American Urban History (Thousand Oaks: Sage, 1996), 266-98; Charles F. Casey-Leininger, "Making the Second Ghetto in Cincinnati: Avondale, 1925-1970," in Henry Louis Taylor, Jr., ed., Race and the City: Work: Community, and Protest in Cincinnati, 1820-1970 (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1993). Thomas J. Sugrue identifies homeowners' associations and their defense of "homeowner rights" as the key element in white ethnic reactions to racial succession in inner-city neighborhoods. See Sugrue, "Crabgrass-Roots Politics: Race, Rights, and the Reaction against Liberalism in the Urban North, 1940-1964," Journal of American History, 82 (1995), 551-78; idem, Origins of the Urban Crisis, esp. 209-71. Other important works include: J. Anthony Lukas, Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families (New York: Vintage, 1985); Ronald P. Formisano, Boston Against Busing, Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the 1960s and 1970s (Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1991); John F. Bauman, Public Housing, Race, and Renewal: Urban Planning in Philadelphia, 1920-1974 (Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Press, 1987); Dominic Capeci, Jr., Race Relations in Wartime Detroit: The Sojourner Truth Housing Controversy of 1942 (Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Press, 1984); A. Scott Henderson, "'Tarred with the Exceptional Image': Public Housing and Popular Discourse, 1950-1990," American Studies, 36 (1995), 31-52. For an example and a critique of the effects of modernity on housing, see Peter G. Rowe, Modernity and Housing (Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 1995). In 1900, low-income and segregated neighborhoods had dense populations, high rates of transiency, and some housing investment. Impoverished urban areas since 1980 are characterized by residential depopulation, physical abandonment, declining capital investment and detachment from traditional labor markets. On "hyperghettos" and the "underclass," see Wilson, Truly Disadvantaged; idem, When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor (New York: Knopf, 1996); Camilo Jose Vergara, The New American Ghetto (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1995), esp. 105. For other studies, see Ken Auletta, The Underclass (New York: Random House, 1982); Christoper Jencks and Paul E. Peterson, eds. The Urban Underclass(Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution, 1991).

36. Sugrue, in particular, takes issue with interpretations that locate the breakdown of the New Deal coalition with Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty after 1965, such as Jonathan Reider, Canarsie: The Jews and Italians of Brooklyn against Liberalism (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1985); Allen Matusow, The Unraveling of America: A History of Liberalism in the 1960s (New York: Harper and Row, 1984); and Thomas Byrne Edsall and Mary D. Edsell, Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights and Taxes on American Politics(New York: Norton, 1991).

37. Much of this analysis, especially the work of Arnold Hirsch, preceded the recent scholarship on racial construction and "whiteness." For more on the social construction of whiteness, see David R. Roediger, The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class (London: Verso, 1991); Alexander Saxton, The Rise and Fall of the White Republic: Class Politics and Mass Culture in Nineteenth-Century America (London: Verso, 1990). Ira Katznelson was among the earliest to offer a theoretical model explaining the split between the languages of workers in the workplace and the residential neighborhood. See Katznelson, City Trenches (New York: Pantheon, 1981). On the social construction of race, see Barbara Jeanne Fields, "Slavery, Race and Ideology in the United States of America," New Left Review, 181 (May-June 1990), 95-118. On the social construction of ethnicity, see Kathleen Neils Conzen, David A. Gerber, Ewa Morawska, George Pozzetta, Rudolph J. Vecoli, "The Invention of Ethnicity: A Perspective from the U.S.A.," Journal of American Ethnic History, 12 (1992), 3-63.

38. While rioting and crowd behavior continues to generate a significant literature, recent overviews devote little analysis to racially-oriented communal uprisings. See Paul A. Gilje, Rioting in America (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996). On nineteenth-century riots, see idem, The Road to Mobocracy, Popular Disorder in New York City, 1763-1834 (Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1987); Iver Bernstein, The New York City Draft Riots: Their Significance for American Society and Politics in the Age of the Civil War (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1989); Neil Larry Shumsky, From Bullets to Ballots: Society, Politics, and the Crowd in San Francisco, 1877-1880 (Columbus: Ohio State Univ. Press, 1991); Thomas P. Slaughter, Bloody Dawn: The Christiana Riot and Racial Violence in the Antebellum North (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1991). On the twentieth century, see Fred Harris and Roger W. Wilkins, eds., Quiet Riots: Race and Poverty in the United States (New York: Pantheon, 1988); Maurico Mazon, The Zoot-Suit Riots: The Psychology of Symbolic Annihilation (Austin: Univ. of Texas Press, 1984); Sidney Fine, Violence in the Model City: The Cavanaugh Administration, Race Relations, and the Detroit Riot of 1967 (Ann Arbor: Univ. of Michigan Press, 1989); Cheryl Greenberg, "The Politics of Disorder: Reexamining Harlem's Riots of 1935 and 1943," Journal of Urban History, 18 (1992), 395-441; idem, Or Does It Explode?, 211-14; Capeci, Jr. Race Relations in Wartime Detroit; idem and Martha J. Wilkerson, Layered Violence: The Detroit Rioters of 1943 (Jackson: Univ. of Mississippi Press, 1991); Ann K. Johnson, Urban Ghetto Riots, 1965-1968: A Comparison of Soviet and American Press Coverage (Boulder, Colo.: East European Monographs, 1996). On the Los Angeles riot or rebellion of 1992, see Nancy Abelmann and John Lie, Blue Dreams: Korean Americans and the Los Angeles Riots (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995); Mark Baldassare, ed., The Los Angeles Riots: Lessons for the Urban Future (Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1994); Dennis E. Gale, Understanding Urban Unrest: From Reverend King to Rodney King (Newbury Park, Calif.: Sage, 1996); Robert Gooding-Williams, ed., Reading Rodney King, Reading Urban Uprising (New York: Routledge, 1993); Haki R. Madhubuti, ed., Why L.A. Happened: Implications of the '92 Los Angeles Rebellion(Chicago: Third World Press, 1993).

39. The work of Joel A. Tarr and Josef W. Konvitz remains the most influential. See Tarr, The Search for the Ultimate Sink: Urban Pollution in Historical Perspective (Akron: Univ. of Akron Press, 1996); idem, Infrastructure and Urban Growth in the Nineteenth Century (Chicago: Public Works Historical Society, 1985); idem and Gabriel Dupuy, eds., Technology and the Rise of the Networked City in Europe and America (Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Press, 1988); Konvitz, The Urban Millennium: The City Building Process from the Early Middle Ages to the Present (Carbondale: Southern Illinois Univ. Press, 1985). Comprehensive outlines on the vast literature on urban technologies and the environment include: Tarr and Konvitz, "Patterns in the Development of the Urban Infrastructure," in American Urbanism, 195-226; Christine Meisner Rosen and Tarr, "The Importance of an Urban Perspective in Environmental History," Journal of Urban History, 20 (1994), 299-309; Martin Melosi, "The Place of the City in Environmental History," Environmental History Review, 17 (1993), 1-23; and Jon A. Peterson, "Environment and Technology in the Great City Era of American History," Journal of American History, 8 (1982), 343-54.

40. On cultural effects, see Harold L. Platt, The Electric City: Energy and the Growth of the Chicago Area, 1880-1930 (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1991); Maureen Ogle, All the Modern Conveniences: American Household Plumbing, 1840-1890 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1996). On the conservative impact of infrastructure expansion, see Christine Meisner Rosen, The Limits of Power: Great Fires and the Process of City Growth in America (New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1986). On the influence of race and class in creating patterns of environmental and geographical inequality, see Andrew Hurley, Environmental Inequalities: Class, Race and Industrial Pollution in Gary, Indiana, 1945-1980 (Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1995). On the relationship of politics, reform and the environment, see Martin Melosi, ed. Pollution and Reform in American Cities, 1870-1930 (Austin: Univ. of Texas Press, 1980); idem, Garbage in the Cities: Refuse, Reform, and the Environment, 1880-1980 (College Station: Texas A&M Univ. Press, 1981); Rosen, "Infrastructural Improvement in Nineteenth-Century Cities: A Conceptual Framework and Cases," Journal of Urban History, 12 (1986), 211-56. On the intersection of the history of cities, technology and the environment with medicine, politics and gender, see Platt, "Invisible Gases: Smoke, Gender, and the Redefinition of Environmental Policy in Chicago, 1900-1920," Planning Perspectives, 10 (1995), 67-97. On utility executives, see idem, Electric City; Mark H. Rose, Cities of Light and Heat: Domesticating Gas and Electricity in Urban America (University Park: Pennsylvania State Univ. Press, 1995). On St. Louis, see Andrew Hurley, ed. Common Fields: An Environmental History of St. Louis (St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society Press, 1997). Other important works that reflect these trends include the works cited in the previous note and Howard Rosen and Ann Durkin Keating, eds., Water and the City: The Next Century (Chicago: Public Works Association, 1991); Eugene P. Moehring, "Public Works and Urban History: Recent Trends and New Directions," Essays in Public Works History, 13 (1982), 1-60; Suellen Hoy, Chasing Dirt: The American Pursuit of Cleanliness (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1995); Hoy and Michael C. Robinson, eds., Public Works History in the United States: A Guide to the Literature(Nashville: American Association of State and Local History, 1982).

41. Sam Bass Warner, Jr., Streetcar Suburbs: The Process of Growth in Boston, 1870-1900 (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1962); idem, Private City; idem, Urban Wilderness.

42. Only after 1870 did private, voluntary bodies like the chamber of commerce, commercial clubs and urban-booster organizations demand urban improvements to compete with other urban rivals. See Robin L. Einhorn, Property Rules: Political Economy in Chicago, 1833-1872 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991). For the period after 1870, see Keating, Building Chicago; Harold L. Platt, City Building in the New South: The Growth of Public Services in Houston, 1830-1915 (Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Press, 1983); idem, Electric City. On early and nineteenth-century New England, see Hannah McKinney, The Development of Local Public Services: Lessons From Middletown, Connecticut, 1650-1860 (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1995). For recent evidence of privatism, or "privatization for the few," see Evan McKenzie, Privatopia: Homeowner Associations and the Rise of Residential Private Government (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1994). For an example of transit developments generating new methods of political management (authorities and commissions) that were later applied to highways, utilities, parks and police, see Charles Cheape, Moving the Masses: Urban Public Transit in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, 1880-1912 (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1980). On private neighborhood organizers and foundations attempts to restructure cities, see Diana Tittle, Rebuilding Cleveland: The Cleveland Foundation and Its Evolving Urban Strategy(Columbus: Ohio State Univ. Press, 1992).

43. On political organization preceding technological change, see Monkkonen, America Becomes Urban, 162-63; Einhorn, Property Rules; Keating, Building Chicago. A case study of a Boston suburb which directly addresses and refutes portions of Warner's argument is von Hoffman, Local Attachments.

44. On twentieth-century mass transit, see Cheape, Moving the Masses. On the physical impact of transit systems, see Clifton Hood, 722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994); idem, "Subways, Transit Politics, and Metropolitan Spatial Expansion" in Ward and Zunz, Landscape, 191-212; Glenn Yago, The Decline of Transit: Urban Transportation in German and U.S. Cities, 1900-1970 (New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1984); David W. Jones, Urban Transit Policy: An Economic and Political History (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1985). On the General Motors controversy, see Scott L. Bottles, Los Angeles and the Automobile: The Making of the Modern City (Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1987), esp. 1-4, 238-42. The best study of the impact of cars on streets is Clay McShane, Down the Asphalt Path: American Cities and the Coming of the Automobile (New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1994). Also see James J. Flink, The Automobile Age (Cambridge: M.I.T. Press, 1988); David St. Clair, The Motorization of American Cities (New York: Praeger, 1986); idem, "The Motorization and Decline of Urban Public Transit, 1935-1950," Journal of Economic History, 41 (1981), 579-600; Martin Wachs and Margaret Crawford, eds., The Car and the City: The Automobile, the Built Environment, and Daily Urban Life (Ann Arbor: Univ. of Michigan Press, 1991); Mark Foster, From Streetcar to Superhighway: American City Planners and Urban Transportation, 1900-1940 (Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Press, 1981). On the iconographic impact of the highway, see David Brodsly, L.A. Freeway: An Appreciative Essay (Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1981). For an anthropological approach, see Angus Kress Gillespie and Michael Aaron Rockland, Looking for America on the New Jersey Turnpike(New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers Univ. Press, 1989).

45. By 1980, 83 percent of the populace in the Mountain and Pacific Coast states resided in metropolitan areas and the region boasted four of the country's ten largest metropolitan regions. On technoburbs, see Robert Fishman, Bourgeois Utopias: The Rise and Fall of Suburbia (New York: Basic Books, 1987). On disturbs, Mark Baldassare, Trouble in Paradise: The Suburban Transformation of America (New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1986). On edge cities, Joel Garreau, Edge City: Life on the New Frontier (New York: Doubleday, 1991). On post-suburbs, Jon Teaford, Post-Suburbia: Government and Politics in the Edge Cities (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1996). For examples of theoretical approaches influenced by Southern California, see Mike Davis, City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles (London: Verso, 1990); Scott and Soja, The City; Michael J. Dear, H. Eric Schockman, Greg Hise, eds., Rethinking Los Angeles (Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage, 1996). John Hancock has argued that contemporary cities are better defined as urban regions, "a conurbation of cities, towns, suburbs, and farms with millions of people living within each urban region and practically everyone else living just beyond their edges." See John Hancock, "The Apartment House," 156. On the omission of the South and Southwest from early histories of planning, see Mary Corbin Sies and Christopher Silver, "The History of Planning History," in Sies and Silver, eds., Planning the Twentieth-Century American City (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1996), 8-9. One result of this intellectual shift has been an outpouring of new urban biographies, long considered a subfield within regionalist interpretations. Space simply prohibits a longer discussion of these texts. For examples, see Donald L. Miller, City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996); Thomas G. Alexander and James B. Allen, Mormons and Gentiles: A History of Salt Lake City (Boulder, 1984); Eugene P. Moehring, Resort City in the Sunbelt: Las Vegas, 1930-1970 (Reno: Univ. of Nevada Press, 1989); Edward D. Beechert, Honolulu: Crossroads of the Pacific (Columbia: Univ. of South Carolina Press, 1991); James B. Crooks, Jacksonville After the Fire, 1901-1919 (Gainesville: Univ. Presses of Florida, 1991); Bradford Luckingham, Phoenix: The History of a Southwestern Metropolis (Tucson: Univ. of Arizona Press, 1989); Edward K. Spann, The New Metropolis: New York City, 1840-1857 (New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1981); Gary L. Browne, Baltimore in the Nation, 1789-1981 (Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1990); Don Doyle, Nashville in the New South, 1880-1930 (Knoxville: Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1983); idem, Nashville Since the 1920s (Knoxville: Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1985); Michael J. McDonald and William Bruce Wheeler, Knoxville, Tennessee: Continuity and Change in an Appalachian City (Knoxville: Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1983); Christopher Silver, Twentieth-Century Richmond: Planning, Politics and Race (Knoxville: Univ. of Tennessee, 1984); Patricia E. Hill, Dallas: The Making of a Modern City(Austin: Univ. of Texas Press, 1996).

46. By 1990, 91 percent of Californians lived in metropolitan areas. Roger Lotchin, Fortress California, 1910-1961: From Warfare to Welfare (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1992); idem, ed., The Martial Metropolis: American Cities in War and Peace (New York: Praeger, 1984). On World War II and the West, see Gerald D. Nash, The American West Transformed: The Impact of the Second World War (Bloomington: Indiana Univ. Press, 1985). Recent examinations of the impact of the Civil War on American cities have found comparatively less influence. See Bernstein, New York City Draft Riots; Matthew Gallman, Mastering Wartime: A Social History of Philadelphia During the Civil War (New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1990); Theodore J. Karamanski, Rally 'Round the Flag: Chicago and the Civil War (Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1993); Ernest A. McKay, The Civil War in New York City(Syracuse: Syracuse Univ. Press, 1990).

47. Kevin Starr, Americans and the California Dream, 1850-1915 (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1973); idem, Inventing the Dream: California Through the Progressive Era (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1985); idem, Material Dreams: Southern California Through the 1920s (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1990); idem, Endangered Dreams: The Great Depression in California (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1996). For other recent, long-term comparative studies of urban social and political change, see Gary Nash, The Urban Crucible: Social Change, Political Consciousness, and the Origins of the American Revolution (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1979); James Lemon, Liberal Dreams and Nature's Limits: Great Cities of North America Since 1600(New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1996).

48. William Cronon, "Kennecott Journey" in Cronon, George Miles, and Jay Gitlin, eds., Under an Open Sky: Rethinking America's Western Past (New York, 1992), 39-40 (quote); idem, Nature's Metropolis. Some believe that Nature's Metropolis will have the most impact on urban scholarship in the near future than any other work. See Harris, "Introduction," 4. On western urbanization, see Richard White "It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own": A History of the American West (Norman: Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 1991), 541 (30 percent); Carol A. O'Connor, "A Region of Cities," in Clyde A. Milner II, Carol A. O'Connor and Martha Sandweiss, eds., The Oxford History of the American West (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1994), 534-63; Carl Abbott, "The Metropolitan Region: Western Cities in the New Urban Era," in Gerald D. Nash and Richard W. Etulain, eds., The Twentieth Century West: Historical Interpretations (Albuquerque: Univ. of New Mexico Press, 1989), 71-98. On Turner's influence in the study of city-regions, see Carl Abbott, "Frontiers and Sections: Cities and Regions in American Growth," in American Urbanism, 271-90. An important exception to this is David Hamer's comparison of "urban frontiers" in the "new world societies" of the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Consistent themes of physical transiency by migrants, "evolutionary" models of social development, deemphasis on community building (esp. in mining and "gold rush" towns), boosterism and speculation, marginalization of native peoples, hostility toward the "primitive" or "natural" landscape, and the development of "frontier" myths of national identity appeared in all four societies. See Hamer, New Towns. Also see Andrew Lees, Cities Perceived: Urban Society in European and American Thought, 1820-1940 (New York: Columbia University Press, 1985). On boosterism, see Carl Abbott, Boosters and Businessmen: Popular Economic Thought and Urban Growth in the Antebellum Middle West(Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1981).

49. Anthony Orum, City-Building in America (Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1995).; Timothy R. Mahoney, River Towns in the Great West: The Structure of Provincial Urbanization in the American Midwest, 1820-1870 (New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1990); idem, "Urban History in a Regional Context: River Towns on the Upper Mississippi, 1840-1860," Journal of American History, 72 (1985), 318-39; Jeffrey S. Adler, Yankee Merchants and the Making of the Urban West: The Rise and Fall of Antebellum St. Louis (New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1991); Anthony Sutcliffe, ed., Metropolis 1890-1940 (London: Mansell, 1984); Norbert MacDonald, Distant Neighbors: A Comparative History of Seattle and Vancouver(Lincoln: Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1987).

50. O'Connor, "A Region of Cities," argues that Portland and San Francisco imitated and physically reflected East Coast influences, but these were exceptional. On the distinctiveness of Western and Southwestern urbanization, see White "Its Your Misfortune", 541-72; Abbott, "Metropolitan Region," 71-98; idem, "Southwestern Cityscapes: Approaches to an American Urban Environment," in Robert B. Fairbanks and Kathleen Underwood, eds., Essays on Sunbelt Cities and Recent Urban America (College Station: Texas A&M Press, 1990), 59-86; idem, The New Urban America: Growth and Politics of Sunbelt Cities (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1981); idem, Portland: Planning, Politics, and Growth in a Twentieth-Century City (Lincoln: Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1983); Richard M. Bernard and Bradley R. Rice, eds., Sunbelt Cities: Politics and Growth Since World War II (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1983); G. Wesley Johnson, Jr., ed., Phoenix in the Twentieth Century: Essays in Community History (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1993); Bradford Luckingham, The Urban Southwest: A Profile History of Albuquerque, El Paso, Phoenix, Tucson (El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1982); idem, Phoenix; idem, Minorities in Phoenix: A Profile of Mexican American, Chinese American, and African American Communities, 1860-1992 (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1994); Moehring, Resort City; Michael F. Logan, Fighting Sprawl and City Hall: Resistance to Urban Growth in the Southwest (Tucson: Univ. of Arizona Press, 1995). For a critique of the "sunbelt" concept, see Raymond A. Mohl, ed., Searching for the Sunbelt(Knoxville: Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1989).

51. Carl Abbott, "Dimensions of Regional Change in Washington, D.C.," American Historical Review, 95 (1990), 1367-93; David Goldfield, Cottonfields and Skyscrapers: Southern City and Region, 1607-1980 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Univ. Press, 1982); idem, "The Urban South: A Regional Framework," American Historical Review 86 (1981), 1009-34; idem, "The New Regionalism," Journal of Urban History, 10 (1984), 171-86. Only 9 percent of Southerners lived in cities in 1880. See Blaine Brownell and David R. Goldfield, "Southern Urban History" in Brownell and Goldfield, eds., The City in Southern History: The Growth of Urban Civilization in the South (Port Washington, N.Y.: Kennikat Press, 1977), 5. For more on southern urbanization, see Randall M. Miller and George E. Pozzetta, eds., Shades of the Sunbelt: Essays on Ethnicity, Race, and the Urban South (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1988); Mormino and Pozzetta, Ybor City; Alejandro Portes and Alex Stepick, City on the Edge: The Transformation of Miami (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993); Lawrence H. Larsen, The Rise of the Urban South (Lexington: Univ. Press of Kentucky, 1985); idem, The Urban South: A History (Lexington: Univ. Press of Kentucky, 1990). A critique appears in Bradley R. Rice, "How Different Is the Southern City?" Journal of Urban History, 11 (1985), 115-21. On the economic ascendancy of Philadelphia and the growing commercial dependence of the urban South in the colonial era, see Thomas M. Doerflinger, A Vigorous Spirit of Enterprise: Merchants and Economic Development in Revolutionary Philadelphia(Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1984).

52. Don H. Doyle, New Men, New Cities, New South: Atlanta, Nashville, Charleston, Mobile, 1860-1910 (Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1990). Also see Doyle, Nashville Since the 1920s (Nashville: Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1985). Much of the recent work by urbanists has focused on race relations in Southern cities. See Ronald H. Bayor, Race and the Shaping of Twentieth-Century Atlanta (Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1996); David Goldfield, Black, White and Southern: Race Relations and Southern Culture, 1940 to the Present (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Univ. Press, 1990); William Chafe, Civilities and Civil Rights: Greensboro, North Carolina and the Black Struggle for Freedom (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1980); David Colburn, Racial Change and Community Crisis: St. Augustine, Florida, 1877-1980 (New York, 1985). Among southern cities, Washington, D.C. has generated considerable study because of its unique position as the nation's capital. See Howard Gillette, Jr., Between Justice and Beauty: Race, Planning, and the Failure of Urban Policy in Washington, D.C. (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995), xi-xii, 213; Charles Wesley Harris, Congress and the Governance of the Nation's Capital: The Conflict of Federal and Local Interests (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1995); Harry Jaffe and Tom Sherwood, Dream City: Race, Power and the Decline of Washington, D.C. (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1994); Alan Lessoff, The Nation and Its City: Politics, "Corruption," and Progress in Washington, D.C., 1861-1902 (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994); Frederick M. Miller and Howard Gillette, Jr., Washington Seen: A Photographic History, 1875-1965(Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995).

53. The percentage population declines in each city from 1950 to 1990 are: Baltimore - 22 percent, Philadelphia - 23 percent, Chicago - 25 percent, Boston - 28 percent, Detroit - 44 percent, Cleveland - 45 percent, St. Louis - 54 percent. See Kenneth T. Jackson, Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1985), 184; "America's Rush to Suburbia," New York Times, 9 June 1996; Robert Fishman, "The Post-War American Suburb: A New Form, a New City," in Daniel Schaffer, ed., Two Centuries of American Planning (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1988). On the rise of the residential subdivision and private developers as full-scale "community builders," see Marc A. Weiss, The Rise of the Community Builders: The American Real Estate Industry and Urban Land Planning(New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1987). Weiss argues that California led the nation in real estate regulation with legally enforceable deed restrictions, zoning laws and subdivision regulations. Los Angeles, in particular, pioneered metropolitan regional subdivision regulation, setting the stage for the Levittowns and Park Forests of the 1950s.

54. M. Gottdiener, The Social Production of Urban Space (Austin: Univ. of Texas Press, 1994), ix. For work before 1980, see Joseph Zikmund II and Deborah Ellis Dennis, Suburbia: A Guide to Information Sources(Detroit: Gale Research, 1979).

55. John R. Stilgoe, Borderland: Origins of the American Suburb, 1820-1939 (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1988); Keating, Building Chicago; Henry Binford, The First Suburbs: Residential Communities on the Boston Periphery, 1815-1860 (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1984); Michael H. Ebner, Creating Chicago's North Shore: A Suburban History (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1988); David R. Contosta, Suburb in the City: Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, 1850-1990 (Columbus: Ohio State Univ. Press, 1992). On European romanticism and British town planning, see Fishman, Bourgeois Utopias; John Archer, "Ideology and Aspiration: Individualism, the Middle Class and the Genesis of the Anglo-American Suburb," Journal of Urban History, 14 (1988), 214-53; idem, "Country and City in the American Romantic Suburb," Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 42 (1983), 142-65.

56. The most complete and comprehensive work on cemeteries is Sloane, Last Great Necessity. Also see Kenneth T. Jackson and Camilo Jose Vergara, Silent Cities: The Evolution of the American Cemetery (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton Architectural Press, 1989). On suburbs and the pastoral ideal, see Daniel Schaffer, Garden Cities for America: The Radburn Experience (Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Press, 1982); Stanley Buder, Visionaries and Planners: The Garden City Movement and the Modern Community (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1990); Zane Miller, Suburb: Neighborhood and Community in Forest Park, Ohio, 1935-1976 (Knoxville: Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1981); Carol O'Connor, A Sort of Utopia: Scarsdale, 1881-1981 (Albany: State Univ. Press of New York, 1983); Contosta, Suburb in the City; William S. Worley, J.C. Nichols and the Shaping of Kansas City (Columbia: Univ. of Missouri Press, 1990); Patricia Burgess Statch, "Deed Restrictions and Subdivision Development in Columbus, Ohio, 1900-1970," Journal of Urban History, 15 (1988), 42-68; Binford, First Suburbs; Bernard Rosenthal, City of Nature: Journeys to Nature in the Age of American Romanticism (Newark: Univ. of Delaware Press, 1980); James Machor, Pastoral Cities: Urban Ideals and the Symbolic Landscape of America (Madison: Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 1987); David Schuyler, Apostle of Taste: Andrew Jackson Downing, 1815-1822(Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1996).

57. Margaret Marsh, Suburban Lives (New Brunswick: Rutgers Univ. Press, 1990); idem, "From Separation to Togetherness: The Social Construction of Domestic Space in American Suburbs, 1840-1915," Journal of American History, 76 (1989), 506-27; idem, "Suburban Men and Masculine Domesticity, 1870-1915," American Quarterly, 40 (1988), 165-86; Barbara M. Kelly, Expanding the American Dream: Building and Rebuilding Levittown (Albany: State Univ. of New York Press, 1993); Elaine Tyler May, Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War (New York: Basic Books, 1988); James Hudnut-Beumler, Looking for God in the Suburbs: The Religion of the American Dream and Its Critics, 1945-1965(New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers Univ. Press, 1994).

58. Herbert J. Gans, "Urbanism and Suburbanism as Ways of Life: A Revaluation of Definitions," in Philip Kasinitz, ed., Metropolis: Center and Symbol of Our Times (New York: New York Univ. Press, 1995); Robert Bruegmann, "Schaumburg, Oak Brook, Rosemont, and the Recentering of the Chicago Metropolitan Area" in Zukowsky, Chicago Architecture, 1923-1993, 159-77; James L. Wunsch, "The Suburban Cliche," Journal of Social History, 28 (1995), 643-58. On "self-building," see Zunz, Changing Face, 161; Richard Harris, Unplanned Suburbs: Toronto's American Tragedy, 1900-1950 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1996); idem, "Self-Building in the Urban Housing Market," Economic Geography, 67 (1991), 1-21; idem, "Household Work Strategies and Suburban Homeownership in Toronto, 1899-1913," Environment and Planning: Society and Space, 8 (1990), 97-121. For an example of self-building by African-Americans on the edge of Detroit, see Thomas Sugrue's description of Eight Mile-Wyoming and Conant Gardens in Origins of the Urban Crisis, 37-41; for Cincinnati, see Henry Louis Taylor, Jr., "City Building, Public Policy, the Rise of the Industrial City, and Black Ghetto-Slum Formation in Cincinnati," in Taylor, ed., Race and the City: Work: Community, and Protest in Cincinnati, 1820-1970 (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1993). A case study finding a late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century suburb as a workplace destination for a variety of working (including skilled industrial) is von Hoffman, Local Attachments.

59. On suburbs representing a way of life, see Sharpe and Wallock, "Bold New City or Built-Up 'Burb? Redefining Contemporary Suburbia" and "Comments," American Quarterly, 46 (1994), 1-61, including the critiques by Robert Bruegmann and Robert Fishman. On technoburbs, see Fishman, Bourgeois Utopias. On edge cities, see Garreau, Edge City; Michael Ebner, "Experiencing Megalopolis in Princeton," Journal of Urban History, 19 (1993), 11-55.

60. Jackson, Crabgrass Frontier, 5-11, 181-84, 266-69, 215-16, 303. Jackson also argues that contrary to stereotypes of suburban homogeneity, suburbs are now more varied than central cities in jobs, income, ethnicity, religion, commerce, recreation and housing types. For intelligent examinations of the mythification of postwar suburbia and the social complexity of American suburbs over time, see Carol A. O'Connor, "The Suburban Mosaic: Patterns of Land Use, Class, and Culture" in American Urbanism, 243-56; Daniel Schaffer, "Post-Suburban America," Built Environment, 17 (1991), 185-286; Teaford, Post-Suburbia. Insightful syntheses of Jackson and much of the literature before 1987 appears in Michael H. Ebner, "Re-Reading Suburban America: Urban Population De-concentration, 1819-1980" in American Urbanism, 227-42; and Margaret Marsh, "Reconsidering the Suburbs: An Exploration of Suburban Historiography," Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 112 (1988), 579-605. On the variations among suburban developments, see Keating, Building Chicago. On the typicality of the sprawling, decentralized urban form in the western U.S., see O'Connor, "A Region of Cities," 534-63, esp. 544.

61. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, Metropolitan Social and Economic Disparities: Implications for Intergovernmental Relations in Central Cities and Suburbs (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1965); Jackson, Crabgrass, 138-56, 276-78; Binford, First Suburbs; Ebner, Creating Chicago's North Shore; Fishman, Bourgeois Utopias; Orum, City-Building; von Hoffman, Local Attachments. David Rusk, a former mayor of Albuquerque, argues that the greater the division between a city and its suburbs, the more problems cities have. See Rusk, Cities Without Suburbs (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1996). Other works on recent suburbanization include: Charles. M. Haar, Suburbs Under Siege: Race, Space, and Audacious Judges (Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1996); David L. Kirp, John P. Dwyer, Larry A. Rosenthal, Our Town: Race, Housing, and the Soul of Suburbia (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers Univ. Press, 1995); Philip Langdon, A Better Place to Live: Reshaping the American Suburb (Amherst: Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 1994). A good overview of this literature is Mary Corbin Sies, "The City Transformed: Nature, Technology, and the Suburban Ideal, 1877-1917," Journal of Urban History, 14 (1987), 81-111. On the understudied subject of African-American suburbs, see Andrew Wiese, "Places of Our Own: Suburban Black Towns before 1960," Journal of Urban History, 19 (1993), 30-54. Manuel Castells and others argue that the computer and the technological revolution since 1975 have transformed the fundamental dimensions of urban life - time and space. "The space of flow" is superseding "the space of place," rendering cities politically and socially unimportant. Simply put, "people live in places, power rules through flows." See Castells, The Informational City: Information Technology, Economic Restructuring, and the Urban-Regional Process (Cambridge, Mass.: Basil Blackwell, 1989), 348-49 (quotes); idem, The Information Age: Economy, Society, Culture (Cambridge, Mass.: Basil Blackwell, 1996-1997), 3 volumes, esp. The Rise of the Network Society (vol. 1). Also see Saskia Sassen, The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo(Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1991).

62. Jon C. Teaford, "Finis for Tweed and Steffens: Rewriting the History of Urban Rule," Reviews in American History, 10 (1982), 133-49; David P. Thelen, "Urban Politics: Beyond Bosses and Reformers," Reviews in American History, 7 (1979), 406-12. For more detailed overviews of the literature, see Teaford, "New Life for an Old Subject: Investigating the Structure of Urban Rule" in American Urbanism, 91-103; Bruce Stave, et al., "A Reassessment of the Urban Political Boss: An Exchange of Views," History Teacher, 21 (1988), 293-312.

63. Teaford, The Unheralded Triumph: City Government in America, 1870-1900 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1984), esp. 139; Platt, City Building; David C. Hammack, Power and Society: Greater New York at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1982); Carl V. Harris, Political Power in Birmingham, 1871-1921 (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1977). On the absence of a dominating elite in San Francisco, see William Issel, "'Citizens Outside Government': Business and Urban Policy in San Francisco and Los Angeles, 1890-1932," Pacific Historical Review, 58 (1988), 117-46; Philip J. Ethington, The Public City: The Political Construction of Urban Life in San Francisco, 1850-1900 (New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1994), esp. 307-08. Also see William Issel and Robert W. Cherney, San Francisco, 1865-1932: Politics, Power, and Urban Development (Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1986). On mass transit as a forerunner to new methods of political management (public authorities and commissions) that were later applied to highways, utilities, parks and police, see Cheape, Moving the Masses. Other critiques of the machine-reformer dichotomy include: Michael H. Frisch, "Urban Theorists, Urban Reform, and American Political Culture in the Progressive Period," Political Science Quarterly, 97 (1982), 295-316; Zane Miller, "Bosses, Machines, and the Urban Political Process," in Scott Greer, ed., Ethnics, Machines, and the American Urban Future (Cambridge, 1982), 51-84; Roger Lotchin, "Power and Policy: American City Politics Between the Two World Wars," in idem, 1-50. On the wide range of models for urban politics, see David Judge, Gerry Stoker, Harold Wolman, eds., Theories of Urban Politics (Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage, 1995); Robert J. Waste, "Wanted: Urban Theory - Dead or Alive," Urban Affairs Review, 31 (1996), 810-15; Ira Katznelson, Marxism and the City (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1992). On regime theory, see Harvey L. Molotch, "The City as a Growth Machine, American Journal of Sociology, 82 (1976), 309-30; idem and John R. Logan, Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place(Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1987). For a historical critique of regime theory and especially the "growth coalition" model, see Logan, Fighting Sprawl.

64. Eric H. Monkkonen, The Local State: Public Money and American Cities (Stanford: Stanford Univ. Press, 1995); Einhorn, Property Rules; Teaford, Unheralded Triumph; Terrence McDonald, The Parameters of Urban Fiscal Policy: Socioeconomic Change and Political Culture in San Francisco, 1860-1906 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986); Lessoff, Nation and Its City, 11. Studies of the urban electorate in the nineteenth century increasingly reveal that urban voting was not a mass phenomenon. See von Hoffman, Local Attachments; Ethington, Public City, 29-35. Estimates suggest that between 1820 and 1930 the breakdown of governmental expenditures was 33 percent for federal, 11 percent for state and 56 percent for local. By 1970, the federal share was 62.5 percent, state 19.4 percent and local only 18.1 percent. See McDonald, "Building the Impossible State," 226; Morton Keller, "Powers and Rights: Two Centuries of American Constitutionalism," Journal of American History, 74 (1987), 675-717.

65. McDonald, Parameters, was the first serious budgetary analysis of this question. Only after the Depression did local finance decreasingly rely upon residential property taxes. Indeed, between 1902 and 1989, local taxes fell from 76 percent to only 18 percent of total local revenue. On long-term municipal expenditures, see M. Craig Brown and Charles N. Halaby, "Machine Politics in America, 1870-1945," Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 17 (1987), 587-612.

66. Brown and Halaby, "Machine Politics in America, 1870-1945," 17 (1987), 611 (weak and "factional" machines); idem, "Bosses, Reform, and the Socioeconomic Bases of Urban Expenditure, 1890-1940," in McDonald and Sally K. Ward, eds., The Politics of Urban Fiscal Policy (Beverly Hills, Calif.: Sage, 1984), 69-100 ("caricature"). On Plunkitt, see McDonald, "How George Washington Plunkitt Became Plunkitt of Tammany Hall," in McDonald, ed., Plunkitt of Tammany Hall (New York: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press, 1994); idem, Parameters; idem, "Putting Politics Back into the History of the American City," American Quarterly, 34 (1982); idem, "Building the Impossible State: Toward an Institutional Analysis of Statebuilding in America, 1820-1930," in John E. Jackson, ed., Institutions in American Society: Essays in Market, Political, and Social Organizations (Ann Arbor: Univ. of Michigan Press, 1990), 217-39; idem., "The Problem of the Political in Recent American Urban History: Liberal Pluralism and the Rise of Functionalism," Social History, 10 (1985), 324-45. Some recent work argues that ward bosses may have been most influential as agents of cultural production. See Czitrom, "The Politics of Performance;" idem, "Underworlds and Underdogs." Other recent works that deemphasize the role of machines include Zane L. Miller and Patricia Mooney-Melvin, The Urbanization of Modern America: A Brief History (San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1987), 59-65; David Goldfield and Blaine Brownell, Urban America: A History (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1990), 237-43. Teaford suggests that in Midwestern cities like Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee and Toledo, working-class homeownership rates were so high that they elected pro-immigrant municipal administrations into office committed to both social reform and fiscal efficiency. See Teaford, Cities of the Heartland: The Rise and Fall of the Industrial Midwest (Bloomington: Indiana Univ. Press, 1993), 112-119. Other works on urban machines in the twentieth century include: Chris McNickle, To Be Mayor of New York: Ethnic Politics in the City (New York: Columbia Univ. Press); Roger Biles, Big City Boss in Depression and War: Edward J. Kelly of Chicago (DeKalb: Univ. of Northern Illinois Press, 1984); idem, Richard J. Daley: Politics, Race, and the Governing of Chicago (DeKalb: Univ. of Northern Illinois Press, 1995); Paul Kleppner, Chicago Divided: The Making of a Black Mayor (DeKalb: Univ. of Northern Illinois Press, 1985); William J. Grimshaw, Bitter Fruit: Black Politics and the Chicago Machine, 1931-1991 (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1992); Kenneth Finegold, Experts and Politicians: Reform Challenges to Machine Politics in New York, Cleveland, and Chicago (Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1995); Jack Beatty, The Rascal King: The Life and Times of James Michael Curley (Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1992); Peter McCaffery, When Bosses Ruled Philadelphia: The Emergence of the Republican Machine, 1867-1933 (University Park: Pennsylvania State Univ. Press, 1993). Not all students of urban politics accept this new interpretation, especially those working in the discipline of political science. For examples that devote little, if any, discussion of the above issues, see Alan DiGaetano, "The Origins of Urban Political Machines in the United States," Urban Affairs, 26 (1991), 324-53; idem, "The Rise and Development of Urban Political Machines: An Alternative Merton's Functional Analysis," Urban Affairs Quarterly, 24 (1988), 242-67; Martin Shefter, Political Parties and the State: The American Historical Experience (Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1994); Amy Bridges, A City in the Republic: Antebellum New York and the Origins of Machine Politics (New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1984); Steven P. Erie, Rainbow's End, Irish Americans and the Dilemmas of Machine Politics, 1840-1985 (Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1988); David Judge, Gerry Stoker, and Harold Wolman, eds., Theories of Urban Politics(Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage, 1995).

67. Allen Steinberg, The Transformation of Criminal Justice: Philadelphia, 1800-1880 (Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1989). From 1800 to 1875, at least 50 percent, maybe as much as 75 percent, of all murders in New York went unpunished. During those years, only 2 percent (31 total) of Gotham's 1,560 murderers, for example, were executed. See Eric H. Monkkonen, "Racial Factors in New York City Homicides, 1800-1874," in Darnell F. Hawkins, ed. Ethnicity, Race, and Crime: Perspectives Across Time and Space (Albany, N.Y., 1995), 113 (2 percent); idem, "The American State from the Bottom Up: Of Homicides and Courts," Law and Society Review, 24 (1990), 521-31. Other important works on law enforcement and crime include Monkkonen, Police in Urban America, 1860-1920 (New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1981); Edward L. Ayers, Vengeance and Justice: Crime and Punishment in the 19th-Century American South (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1984); David T. Courtwright, Violent Land: Single Men and Social Disorder from the Frontier to the Inner City (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1996); Mark H. Haller, "Illegal Enterprise: A Theoretical and Historical Interpretation," Criminology, 28 (1990), 207-35; idem, "Policy Gambling, Entertainment, and the Emergence of Black Politics," 719-40; Sidney Harring, Policing a Class Society: The Experience of American Cities, 1865-1915(New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers Univ. Press, 1983).

68. Thomas Bender, New York Intellect: A History of Intellectual Life in New York City, From 1750 to the Beginning of our Own Time (New York: Knopf, 1987); idem, "Whole or Parts: The Need for Synthesis in American History," Journal of American History, 73 (1986), 126; idem, "Metropolitan Life and the Making of Public Culture," in John Hull Mollenkopf, ed., Power, Culture, and Place (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1988); Jurgen Habermas, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society, trans. Thomas Berger (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1989). On the growing interests in images, symbols and discourses in the 1980s, and the greater skepticism toward knowledge based on empirical observation or external reconstruction, see Joyce Appleby, Lynn Hunt, Margaret Jacobs, Telling the Truth About History (New York: W.W. Norton, 1994); Bryan D. Palmer, Descent into Discourse: The Reification of Language and the Writing of Social History(Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1990).

69. The influence of women on the City Beautiful movement - Mira Dock in Harrisburg and the Woman's Club of Denver - were reflected in that crusade's attention to issues of beautification, recreation, sanitation and civic activism. See Wilson, City Beautiful Movement, 129-36, 172-80. This paragraph can only touch upon this vast and growing literature. See Maureen A. Flanagan, "Gender and Urban Political Reform: The City Club and the Woman's City Club of Chicago in the Progressive Era," American Historical Review, 95 (1990), 1032-50; idem, Charter Reform in Chicago (Carbondale: Southern Illinois Univ. Press, 1987); idem, "The City Profitable, the City Livable: Environmental Policy, Gender, and Power in Chicago in the 1910s," Journal of Urban History, 22 (1996), 163-90; "Women in the City, Women of the City: Where Do Women Fit in Urban History?" Journal of Urban History, 23 (1997), 251-59; Suellen Hoy, "Caring for Chicago's Women and Girls: The Sisters of the Good Shepherd, 1859-1911," ibid., 260-94; idem, Chasing Dirt: The American Pursuit of Cleanliness (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1995); Janice L. Reiff, "A Modern Lear and His Daughters: Gender in the Model Town of Pullman," Journal of Urban History, 22 (1996), 316-41; Karen Sawislak, "Relief, Aid, and Order: Class, Gender, and the Definition of Community in the Aftermath of Chicago's Great Fire," Journal of Urban History, 20 (1993), 3-18; idem, Smoldering City: Chicagoans and the Great Fire, 1871-1874 (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1995); Mary Ryan, Women in Public; Philip J. Ethington, "Recasting Urban Political History: Gender, the Public, the Household, and Political Participation in Boston and San Francisco during the Progressive Era," Social Science History, 16 (1992), 301-33; Sarah Deutsch, "Learning to Talk More Like a Man: Boston Women's Class-Bridging Organizations, 1870-1940," American Historical Review, 97 (1992), 379-404; Darlene Clark Hine, "The Housewives' League of Detroit: Black Women and Economic Nationalism," in Suzanne Lebsock and Nancy Hewitt, eds., Visible Women: New Essays in American Activism (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1993), 223-41; Kathryn Kish Sklar, Florence Kelley and the Nation's Work: The Rise of Women's Political Culture, 1830-1900 (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1995); idem, "Hull House in the 1890s: A Community of Women Reformers," Signs, 10 (1985), 658-77; Elisabeth I. Perry, Belle Moskowitz: Feminine Politics and the Exercise of Power in the Age of Alfred E. Smith (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1987); idem, "Women's Political Choices After Suffrage: The Women's City Club of New York, 1915-1990," New York History (1990), 417-34; Nancy Hewitt, "Politicizing Domesticity: Anglo, Black, and Latin Women in Tampa's Progressive Movements," in Noralee Frankel and Nancy S. Dye, eds., Gender, Class, Race, and Reform in the Progressive Era (Lexington: Univ. Press of Kentucky, 1991), 24-41. Overviews of this literature appear in Julia Kirk Blackwelder, "Working-Class Women and Urban Culture," Journal of Urban History, 14 (1988), 503-10; Linda Kerber, "Separate Spheres, Female Worlds, Woman's Place: The Rhetoric of Women's History," Journal of American History, 75 (1988), 9-39.

70. Schuyler, New Urban Landscape, 93-97 (barbarism); Bluestone, Constructing Chicago, 8, 20-25; Rosenzweig and Blackmar, Park and the People, 4-11, 278; von Hoffman, Local Attachments; Sawislak, Smoldering City, esp. 261-73. On New York, see Timothy J. Gilfoyle, "The Moral Origins of Political Surveillance: The Preventive Society in New York City, 1867-1918," American Quarterly, 38 (1986), 637-52. Also see Galen Cranz, The Politics of Park Design: A History of Urban Parks in America (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1984); Jablonsky, Pride in the Jungle, 107-15. Other recent studies reveal an ongoing tension and cultural conflict regarding the relationship of "nature" to urban life. See Hamer, New Towns; Rosenthal, City of Nature; Machor, Pastoral Cities. Raymond Williams claimed that despite differences among cities, the pastoral tradition remained a consistent theme. See Williams, City and Country, 1-2. Historians continue to invoke these metaphors in their own descriptions and analyses. See Warner, Urban Wilderness; Neil Smith, "Gentrification, the Frontier, and the Restructuring of Urban Space," in Neil Smith and Peter Williams, eds. Gentrification of the City (Boston: Unwin Hyman, 1986), 15-34. For a longer discussion of wilderness metaphors, see Gillette, "The City in American Culture" in American Urbanism, 30-33.

71. Ryan, Civic Wars, 6; idem, Women in Public; Ethington, Public City, 345, 407-08; idem, "Recasting Urban Political History," 301-33; Smith, Urban Disorder, 1-8, 64, 273. For an example of urban narratives revealing fiction passing for fact, see Eric Homberger, Scenes from the Life of a City: Corruption and Conscience in Old New York(New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1994).

72. Einhorn, Property Rules; Ethington, Public City, 345, 407-08; idem, "Recasting Urban Political History," 301-33. Ryan, Civic Wars, 99-100, finds similar reliance on special assessments in antebellum New York and San Francisco that Einhorn found in Chicago. These questions raise many of the same issues regarding community declension discussed in Bender, Community and Social Change. On the decline of "the public," see Richard Sennett, The Fall of Public Man (New York: Knopf, 1977). For critiques of Habermas and the use of "the public," see Bruce Robbins, ed., The Public as Phantom Public Sphere (Minneapolis: Univ. of Minnesota Press, 1993), vii-xxvi; Craig Calhoun, ed. Habermas and the Public Sphere(New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992).

73. See note 34, especially Hirsch, Mohl and Sugrue.

74. Wilson, City Beautiful Movement, locates its lineage with Olmsted and nineteenth-century rhetoric. On changing definitions of land use, see Richard E. Foglesong, Planning the Capitalist City: The Colonial Era to the 1920s (Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1986). On planning as a modernist discourse designed to expand the state and facilitate productive capital, see Boyer, Dreaming the Rational City. Other works which rely on rhetoric and debates to locate the origins of planning in the nineteenth century (and not the Columbian Exposition of 1893, the City Beautiful movement or the First National Conference on City Planning in 1909) include Schultz, Constructing Urban Culture; and Fairfield, Mysteries. For recent overviews of planning history, see Mary Corbin Sies and Christopher Silver, "The History of Planning History;" and idem, "Planning History and the New American Metropolis," both in Sies and Silver, Planning the Twentieth-Century American City, 1-34, 449-73; Schaffer, Two Centuries of American Planning; Donald Krueckeberg, ed., Introduction to Planning History in the United States (New Brunswick, N.J.: Center for Urban Policy Research, 1983); Anthony Sutcliffe, ed., The Rise of Modern Urban Planning, 1880-1914(New York: St. Martin's Press, 1980).

75. Robert A. Caro, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (New York: Knopf, 1974).; Herbert J. Gans, People, Plans and Policies; Essays on Poverty, Racism, and Other National Urban Problems (New York: Columbia University Press and the Russell Sage Foundation, 1991); Jon C. Teaford, The Rough Road to Renaissance: Urban Revitalization in America, 1940-1985 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990), esp. 1-15; Howard Gillette, Jr., "The Evolution of Neighborhood Planning: From the Progressive Era to the 1949 Housing Act," Journal of Urban History, 9 (1983), 421-44; Larry Bennett, Fragments of Cities: The New American Downtowns and Neighborhoods (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1990); Joel Schwartz, The New York Approach: Robert Moses, Urban Liberals, and the Redevelopment of the Inner City (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1993); Thomas Kessner, Fiorello H. LaGuardia and the Making of Modern New York (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1989); idem, "Fiorello H. LaGuardia and the Challenge of Democratic Planning" in David Ward and Olivier Zunz, eds., The Landscape of Modernity (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1992), 315-30; Leonard Wallock, "The Myth of the Master Builder: Robert Moses, New York, and the Dynamics of Metropolitan Development Since World War II," Journal of Urban History, 17 (1991), 339-62; Lawrence W. Kennedy, Planning the City Upon a Hill: Boston Since 1630 (Amherst: Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 1996); John Findlay, Magic Lands: Western Cityscapes and American Culture After 1940 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992), esp. 285-87; Mansel G. Blackford, The Lost Dream: Businessmen and City Planning on the Pacific Coast, 1890-1920 (Columbus: Ohio State Univ. Press, 1993); Patricia Burgess, Planning for the Private Interest: Land Use Controls and Residential Patterns in Columbus, Ohio, 1900-1970 (Columbus: Ohio State Univ. Press, 1994); Ann L. Buttenwieser, Manhattan Water-Bound: Planning and Developing Manhattan's Waterfront from the Seventeenth Century to the Present (New York: New York Univ. Press, 1987); Silver, Twentieth-Century Richmond; Carl Abbott, Portland: Planning, Politics and Growth in a Twentieth-Century City (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1983); John Mollenkopf, The Contested City (Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1983). On the failures of modernism and planning, see Boyer, Dreaming the Rational City. On the comparative powerlessness of city planning offices versus private developers, see Ross Miller, Here's the Deal: The Buying and Selling of a Great American City (New York: Knopf, 1996). For an insightful overview, see Eugenie Ladner Birch, "Design, Process, and Institutions: Planning in Urban History" in American Urbanism, 135-54. Most of the literature either ignores or downplays the successes of planners. Teaford recognizes some infrastructure improvements like improved water and sewer systems and cleaner (albeit still polluted) water and air (as a result of federal legislation) in Rough Road, 85-95. Bernard J. Frieden and Lynn B. Sagalyn, Downtown, Inc.: How America Rebuilds Cities (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1989) argue that redevelopment provides new jobs for inner-city minorities. Some like Thomas O'Connor see the benefits of urban renewal far outweighing its detriments. See Thomas O'Connor, Building a New Boston: Politics and Urban Renewal, 1950 to 1970 (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1993). For an overview, see Kenneth Fox, Metropolitan America: Urban Life and Urban Policy in the United States, 1940-1980(New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers Univ. Press, 1985).

76. David Harvey, The Condition of Postmodernity: An Enquiry into the Origins of Cultural Change (Oxford, Eng.: Basil Blackwell, 1989), 9-27; Boyer, Dreaming the Rational City; idem, Manhattan Manners: Architecture and Style, 1850-1900 (New York: Rizzoli, 1985); idem, The City of Collective Memory: Its Historical Imagery and Architectural Entertainments (Cambridge, Mass.: M.I.T. Press, 1994); idem, Cybercities: Visual Perception in the Age of Electronic Communication (Princeton: Princeton Architectural Press, 1996); Sharon Zukin, The Cultures of Cities (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell, 1995), esp. 289-94; idem, Loft Living: Culture and Capital in Urban Change (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers Univ. Press, 1982, 1989). Zukin departs from postmodernists like Jameson in finding more continuities between modernism and postmodernism, and in rejecting the contention that postmodernism privileges space over time just as modernism privileged time over space. See Zukin, Landscapes of Power: From Detroit to Disneyland (Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1991), 283. For other "postmodern" critiques, see Edward W. Soja, Postmodern Geographies: The Reassertion of Space in Critical Social Theory (London: Verso, 1989); idem, "Heterotopologies: A Remembrance of Other Spaces in the Citadel-LA," in Sophie Watson and Katherine Gibson, eds., Postmodern Cities and Spaces (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell, 1995), 12-34; Michael Sorkin, ed., Variations on a Theme Park: Scenes from the New American City (New York: Pantheon, 1990); Davis, City of Quartz; idem, "Urban Renaissance and the Spirit of Postmodernism," New Left Review, 151, pp. 106-13; Dolores Hayden, The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History (Cambridge, Mass.: M.I.T. Press, 1995); Allan Pred, Making Histories and Constructing Human Geographies: The Local Transformation of Practice, Power Relations, and Consciousness (Boulder: Westview, 1990). For a useful analysis of Foucault and urban history, see Gwendolyn Wright and Paul Rabinow, "Spatialization of Power: A Discussion of the Work of Michel Foucault," Skyline, March, 1982.

77. On the postmodern city, especially see Harvey, Condition of Postmodernity, vii, 5-6, 39 (Pruitt); Scott and Soja, The City; Zukin, Cultures of Cities; idem, Landscapes; Davis, City of Quartz; Boyer, City of Collective Memory.

78. See the reaction to Mary Corbin Sies plenary address to the Society for American City and Regional Planning History in 1995, Planning History Present, 9 (1995), 1-2.

79. Heterotopia argues that space is where the discourses about power and knowledge are transformed into actual power relations. Power over a body, a group or a space (my emphasis) facilitates imposition of a vision on the space. See Michel Foucault, "Of Other Spaces," Diacritics (Spring 1986), 22-27. For a short summary of postmodern theory, see Fredric Jameson, "Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism," New Left Review, 146 (July-Aug. 1984), 53-93.

80. This description of cities is found in Jonathan Raban, Soft City (London: Hamilton, 1972), and employed in Harvey, Condition of Postmodernity, to describe postmodern cities. On Henry James, see James, The American Scene (New York: Horizon, 1967), 1-8, 77, 162. On the confusion over social identities in the nineteenth century, see Halttunen, Confidence Men and Painted Women; Kasson, Rudeness and Civility. On the nineteenth-century city, especially the street, as theater, see Davis, Parades and Power; Ryan, Civic Wars, esp. 53-93; idem, Women in Public; idem, "The American Parade." On the "invented" quality of the modern city, see Taylor, Inventing. On the confusing varieties of industrial capitalism, see the five forms Bruce Laurie found in Philadelphia, the five others Sean Wilentz identified in New York, and the four in Steve Ross located in Cincinnati. Similarly, Susan Hirsch found a complicated, fragmented divide among eight different crafts based upon levels of mechanization, wages, female employment and shop size in antebellum Newark. See Wilentz, Chants Democratic; Laurie, Working People of Philadelphia; Hirsch, Roots of the American Working Class; Ross, Workers on the Edge.

81. Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities (New York: Random House, 1961), 4, 25. The debate between Mumford and Jacobs illustrates the limitations of these labels. Mumford, while critical of the industrial city and much of modern architecture (especially the skyscraper) was a staunch advocate of decentralization and suburbanization, which Jacobs simplistically linked with planning and modernism. For an insightful analysis of the Mumford-Jacobs debate, see Robert Fishman, "The Mumford-Jacobs Debate," Planning History Studies, 10 (1996), 3-11.

82. Findlay, Magic Lands; Carl Abbott, The Metropolitan Frontier: Cities in the Modern American West (Tucson: Univ. of Arizona Press, 1993); O'Connor, "A Region of Cities," 548-62; Sorkin, Variations on a Theme Park; Zukin, Cultures of Cities, 50, 64, 77; idem, Landscapes, 217-50; Davis, City of Quartz. For other examples that reflect the growing importance of leisure and pleasure on city forms, see Charles Funnell, By the Beautiful Sea: The Rise and High Times of that Great American Resort, Atlantic City (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1983); J.V.N. Soane, Fashionable Resort Regions: Their Evolution and Transformation with particular reference to Bournemouth, Nice, Los Angeles and Wiesbaden(Wallingford: CAB International, 1993).

83. Ibid.

84. Lewis Mumford, The Culture of Cities.(New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1938), 265. The reaction against illusion and fantasy remains strong in some urbanist and architectural circles. See Ada Louise Huxtable, The Unreal America: Architecture and Illusion (New York: New Press, 1997), excerpted in New York Times, 30 March 1997; Thomas Bender, "City Lite;" and Nicolai Ouroussoff, "It's No Mirage," both in Los Angeles Times, 22 Dec. 1996.

85. William R. Leach, Land of Desire: Merchants, Power and the Rise of New American Culture (New York: Random House, 1993), 266; idem, "Transformations and a Culture of Consumption: Women and Department Stores, 1890-1935," Journal of American History, 71 (1984), 319-42. Leach's empirically-based research even redefines traditional notions of the "built environment," linking the exterior streetscape to interior design via the visual manipulation of color, glass and light. On Times Square, see Taylor, Inventing; idem, Pursuit of Gotham, 93-108. For earlier accounts of department stores, see Gunther Barth, City People: The Rise of Modern City Culture in Nineteenth-Century America (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1980); Abelson, When Ladies Go A-Thieving. On shopping malls, see Lizabeth Cohen, "From Town Center to Shopping Center: The Reconfiguration of Community Marketplaces in Postwar America;" Thomas W. Hanchett, "U.S. Tax Policy and the Shopping-Center Boom of the 1950s and 1960s;" and Kenneth T. Jackson, "All the World's a Mall: Reflections on the Social and Economic Consequences of the American Shopping Center," all in American Historical Review, 101 (1996), 1050-1121. Richard Longstreth's City Center to Regional Mall: Architecture, the Automobile, and Retailing in Los Angeles, 1920-1950(Cambridge: MIT Press, 1997) identifies some of the same economic and architectural phenomenon in the interwar period in Los Angeles which he argues was a bellwether for postwar developments.

86. Mumford, Culture of Cities; idem, City in History; idem, "The Natural History of Urbanization," in William L. Thomas, ed., Man's Role in Changing the Face of the Earth (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1956), 382-98. Mumford continues to fascinate historians, virtually generating an entire field of "Mumford studies." See Donald L. Miller, Lewis Mumford: A Life (Pittsburgh: Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, 1992); Lewis Fried, Makers of the City: Jacob Riis, Lewis Mumford, James T. Farrell, and Paul Goodman (Amherst: Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 1990); Mark Luccarelli, Lewis Mumford and the Ecological Region: The Politics of Planning (New York: Guilford Press, 1995); Frank G. Novak, Jr., ed. Lewis Mumford and Patrick Geddes: The Correspondence (London: Routledge, 1995); Edward K. Spann, Designing Modern America: The Regional Planning Association of America and Its Members (Columbus: Ohio State Univ. Press, 1997); Robert Wojtowicz, Lewis Mumford and American Modernism: Eutopian Themes for Architecture and Urban Planning (New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1996); Thomas P. Hughes and Agatha C. Hughes, eds., Lewis Mumford, Public Intellectual(New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1990).

87. Warner, "If All the World Were Philadelphia," 26-43; idem, Private City. On urban historians ignoring Warner's scaffolding approach, see Harris, "Introduction," in Lankford, "Syllabus Exchange II," 2. A recent work that employs a version of Warner's scaffolding is Lemon, Liberal Dreams. Even the best recent syntheses of American urban history focus on certain thematic concerns (the physical city and infrastructure, in particular) and avoid integrating the voluminous literature cited above. See David Goldfield and Blaine Brownell, Urban America: A History, second edition (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1990); Spiro Kostof, America by Design (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1987); idem, City Assembled; idem, City Shaped; Howard P. Chudacoff and Judith E. Smith, The Evolution of American Urban Society, fourth edition (Englewood Cliff, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1994); Zane L. Miller and Patricia Mooney Melvin, The Urbanization of Modern America: A Brief History, second edition (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1987); Monkkonen, America Becomes Urban; Witold Rybczynski, City Life: Urban Expectations in a New World(New York: Scribner, 1995).

88. Tilly, "What Good is Urban History?" 702-19; Gillette, "Rethinking," 203-28. Also see Robert J. Waste, "Wanted: Urban Theory - Dead or Alive," Urban Affairs Review, 31 (1996), 810-15; M. Gottdiener, The Social Production of Urban Space, second edition (Austin: Univ. of Texas Press, 1994), vii-xv. Ironically, while criticizing the lack of interdisciplinary discussion regarding the multinucleated, decentralized metropolis, Gottdiener devotes no discussion to the historical work on suburbanization discussed above.

89. For purposes of comparison, see Grossman, Land of Hope; McMahon, Which Parish are You From?; and Chauncey, Gay New York.

90. Wade, "An Agenda," 43-44. Consider the growing number of encyclopedias on individual cities: Kenneth T. Jackson, ed., The Encyclopedia of New York City (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995); David J. Bodenhamer and Robert G. Barrows, eds., The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994); David D. Van Tassel and John J. Grabowski, eds., The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, 2nd edition (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996); Leonard Pitt and Dale Pitt, Los Angeles A to Z: An Encyclopedia of the City and County (Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1997); James Grossman, Ann Durkin Keating, and Jan Reiff, eds., Encyclopedia of Chicago History(Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, forthcoming).

91. Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, Ernest Samuels, ed. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1973, orig. 1918), 451. I am indebted to Timothy Spears for this source.