Reclaiming American Cities

by Rutherford H. Platt
from the University of Massachusetts Press

“Platt’s book offers a breathtaking historical sweep of attempts to shape the physical and social organization of U.S. cities—and why some of them succeeded while many others failed.”

—Jennifer Wolch, Dean, UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design

“A sophisticated, thorough, and comprehensive history of city planning in the United States over the last 125 years.”

—Alex Marshall, author of How Cities Work: Suburbs, Sprawl, and the Roads Not Taken

“Each generation remakes the city in its own image. The past provides the problem and the future provides the opportunity. Rutherford Platt’s excellent new book provides a perspective, literally a viewpoint, from which to see and contemplate the American urban landscape, and the people and ideas that have shaped it over the last century. Highly recommended!”

—Eric W. Sanderson, author of Terra Nova: The New World After Oil, Cars, and Suburbs and Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City


Also by Rutherford H. Platt

Land Use and Society: Geography, Law, and Public Policy (3rd Edition, 2014)

The Humane Metropolis: People and Nature in the 21st Century