American City Essays

  • Analysis Of Cleveland: Confronting Decline In An American City

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    Decline in an American City” the short movie analyses the great risk confronting Cleveland as a city as result of deterioration and dilapidation of the urban core. The documentary discusses factors that are responsible for this problem and possible solutions; as this has become a phenomenon, not just in Cleveland but other major US cities. The issue of the urban decline in most cities cuts across people, commerce, and the economy in general. However, the questions of how most cities arrived at their

  • ook Review: The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City

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    Review: The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City In the book The Great Inversion, author Alan Ehrenhalt reveals the changes that are happing in urban and suburban areas. Alan Ehrenhalt the former editor of Governing Magazine leads us to acknowledge that there is a shift in urban and suburban areas. This revelation comes as the poorer, diverse, city dwellers opt for the cookie cutter, shanty towns at the periphery of American cities known as the suburbs. In similar fashion the suburbanites

  • The Death And Life Of Great American Cities By Jane Jacobs

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    Great American Cities [Name] [Institution]   The Death and life of great American cities Description The book “The Death and Life of Great American Cities”, written by Jane Jacobs provided different ideas related to neighborhoods and districts. However, many people disregarded her ideas due to lack of planning qualification and professional architecture. The book was divided in four main parts, where the ideas related to cities are criticizes. In part first, ‘The Peculiar Natures of Cities’ Jacobs

  • Death And Life Of Great American Cities By Jane Jacobs

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    Jane Jacobs was not an urban planner, but her ideas have influenced urban planners all over the world and continue to be the basis of city planning today. Jacobs was, by profession, an urban writer and activist. In her novel, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jacobs details her ideas and theories of urban planning, what makes it successful and what to watch out for. Jacobs emphasized the importance of making public spaces “usable” and enabling locations to be people friendly so citizens

  • Death And Life Of Great American Cities By Jane Jacobs

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    Jane Jacobs may have been far ahead of her time in her ideas on city planning when she wrote, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. When she wrote this book in 1961 she bluntly opens her book stating that the book “is an attack on current city planning and rebuilding” [Jacobs, 5] and that in the book she wants to “attempt to introduce new principles of city planning and rebuilding, different and even opposite from those now taught in everything from schools of architecture and planning”

  • Analysis Of Jane Jacobs The Death And Life Of Great American Cities

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    Life of Great American Cities, city planning was not a process done by or for the people who lived in them. Residents were rarely consulted or involved in decision making, rather it be left to few elites who dictated their vision of the city for everybody else to conform to. This is clearly illustrated in her conflicts with Robert Moses, an outspoken Yale educated city planner operating in New York, where Jacobs was living at the time. Moses had a clear and unshifting vision for the city and used his

  • The Life and Death of Great American Cities by Jane Jacob

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    In Jane Jacobs’s acclaimed The Life and Death of Great American Cities, she intricately articulates urban blight and the ills of metropolitan society by addressing several binaries throughout the course of the text. One of the more culturally significant binaries that Jacobs relies on in her narrative is the effectively paradoxical relationship between diversity and homogeneity in urban environments at the time. In particular, beginning in Chapter 12 throughout Chapter 13, Jacobs is concerned greatly

  • How The Oklahoma City Bombing Affected American Society

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    Oklahoma City Bombing was a terrorist truck bombing on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on April 19, 1995. The people responsible were Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, the explosion took the lives at least 168 people, injured more than 680 others, and destroyed one-third of the building. All the damages together add up to $652 million worth of repairs. Until the 2001 September 11 attacks, this bombing was the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil and

  • Perception of New York City in Goodbye to All by Joan Didion and American Psycho by Bret Easton

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    Both “Goodbye to All That” by Joan Didion and American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis portray New York as a city where it is horrible to live, filled with homeless men, filth, crime, and complete displeasure, but for some reason, nobody leaves. The perception of New York City given by these two passages is a contradictory one. In both passages the narrators describe the city with great disappointment and Didion also adds a tone of annoyance to her passage, annoyed that even though she hates pretty much

  • Cahoki A Pre-Columbian American City By Timothy R. Pauketat

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    In the essay “Cahokia: A Pre-Columbian American City” by Timothy R. Pauketat many new ideas and perspectives were brought to the attention of the reader. The article/essay portrayed many aspects of the Cahokian culture and civilization and why it played such a pivotal role in the Native American economy, political system, and religious deity. In addition, the article gave insight as to how the grand city began its decline and eventual fall due to its many debacles and travesties that commenced.

  • Superiority Ideas in the Formation of the United States

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    a nation of polarized cities and undemocratic schools. Within the country is a macroculture that forms the cultural norms of America; norms that alienate many of the diverse groups that are in reality the constituents that form the Union. We need to realign our ideals to truly encourage the equity and prosperity of all the citizens of America; before this can be accomplished we need to recognize the origins of the superiority views that are a part of the present American culture. In an effort

  • Jane Jacob’s The Life and Death of American Cities

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    function within society and by evaluating these values, we are able to create room for possibilities and changes. In Jane Jacob’s publication of “The Death and Life American Cities,” in 1962, she undermines the conventions of urban planning that bought prominence to New Urbanism movement, playing a pivotal role in today’s planning of the cities at the advent of environmentalism. In parallel to this, with the increased awareness of environmentalism that arose in the 1960s, the bicycle presents itself as

  • Edward Hoppers Portrayal Of The Modern American City

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    however the emphasis is clearly on the well-dressed woman with her legs being the lightest spot within the room in a dark canvas. The modern American city is displayed as dark and dismal in the painting with the reflection of rows of light fixtures stretched out through the blackened window into the streets. This painting shows an unusual reflection of the city as not a colourful exciting place but one of seclusion and emptiness. Hoppers work represents a transitional

  • Goffman's On The Run: Fugitive Life In An American City

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    awareness to a real problem, she has brought scrutiny to both herself, her cause, and the practice of ethnography altogether due to the tall tale-ish nature of some of her experience that critics have called out. On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City, is Goffman's book about her experience as an ethnographer recording

  • Wal-Mart: Good for American Cities and Towns

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    Wal-Mart has been a staple of America since July 2, 1962, when Sam Walton opened the first Wal-Mart Discount City store. Within a few years, Wal-Mart Discount City stores began to spread across the country. In 1968, it opened its first stores outside Arkansas, in Sikeston, Missouri and Claremore, Oklahoma. Sam Walton found success in offering consumers options and variety. Since that first store opened, Wal-Mart has now entered the grocery business and now the company controls about 20% of the retail

  • Evicted: Poverty And Profit In The American City By Matthew Desmond

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    Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, written by Matthew Desmond, provides a compelling ethnographic analysis of the connection between freedom and economic power, highlighting the cycle of poverty perpetuated by housing inequality. Desmond contrasts the primarily Black inner-city North side of Milwaukee to the white mobile home park on Milwaukee’s South side to validate the argument that housing instability affects people across classes and races. Out of the many political theorists

  • The Death And Life Of Great American Cities By Jane Jacobs

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    Jane Jacobs, in the chapter “The kind of problem a city is” from her book “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” explains the three stages of development in the history of scientific thought including (1) ability to deal with problems of simplicity (2) ability to deal with problems of disorganized complexity and (3) ability to deal with problems of organized complexity. She goes on to describe how the realization of the appropriate category of scientific thought can impact different professional

  • 19th Century Cities - Industrialization

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    19th Century Cities In 1880, a national census determined that the United States had grown to a population of 50,100,000. 6,600,000 of those who helped account for the population growth of cities were immigrants arriving from around the world. Also, many rural Americans became attracted to the lure of the big city. This incredible condensation into the big cities led to many problems including crime. Overall, the lure of the city, the abundance of workers, and the corruption created developed a

  • Escape From the City

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    From the City On any given weekend, thousands of Americans flock to the mountains to escape the rigors of city life. An escape from their bustling, smog coated, deadline driven lives, is a necessary part of 21st century life in an American city. Mans desire to commune with nature can be traced back to the earliest civilizations, and while that desire may have lessened somewhat in the past couple hundred years, the enjoyment of nature still remains. In Colorado, a mixture of big city life surrounded

  • Sub-urbanization in America

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    Suburbanization has been probably the most significant factor of change in U.S. cities over the last 50 years, and began 150 years ago. It represents Aa reliance upon the private automobile, upward mobility, the separation of the family into nuclear units, the widening division between work and leisure, and a tendency toward racial and economic exclusiveness.@ Overall it may represent the change in attitude of the American people. Suburbanization has been occurring for the last 150 years in this country