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Cities Back from the Edge: New Life for Downtown

Cities Back from the Edge: New Life for Downtown

Roberta Brandes Gratz, Norman Mintz

ISBN: 978-0-471-36124-4 January 2000 376 Pages


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"A love song for the city . . . [this] volume, attractivelypackaged and richly illustrated, is really a cookbook for downtownrevitalization." --Wall Street Journal

In this pioneering book on successful urban recovery, two urbanexperts draw on their firsthand observations of downtown changeacross the country to identify a flexible, effective approach tourban rejuvenation. From transportation planning and sprawlcontainment to the threat of superstore retailers, they address ahost of key issues facing our cities today.

Roberta Brandes Gratz (New York, NY), an award-winning journalistand urban critic, is author of the urban design classic The LivingCity. A former staff reporter for the New York Post, Gratz haswritten for the New York Times Magazine and other publications.Norman Mintz (New York, NY) has played a leading role in the fieldof downtown revitalization for more than twenty-five years. He isDesign Director at the 34th Street Partnership in New York City anda consultant on downtown revitalization across the country.

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Mansfield, Ohio--Getting Off the Big Project Merry-Go-Round.

The Mess We Have Made.

Project Planning or Urban Husbandry--The Choice.


Death and Rebirth of the Public Realm.

Rebuilding Place, Valuing Transit.

Undoing Sprawl.


Free Competition or No Competition?

You Don't Have to Be Wal-Mart to Be Wal-Mart.

To Market, To Market.


Public Buildings, Public Policies.

Back to Basics.

Investing in People.


The SoHo Syndrome.


In Cities Back from the Edge, Gratz and Mintz offer a love song forthe city...their volume, attractively packaged and richlyillustrated, is really a cookbook for downtown revitalization. Itturns out the most valuable contribution to urban understanding ofthe year isn't only a book, it's also a bumper sticker: Thinkglobally, act locally."--The Wall Street Journal

Cities Back From the Edge was featured again in The New York Times.Frank Rich writes, "In their new book persuasively arguing for lessgrandiose, more indigenous urban renewal, Roberta Brandes Gratz andNorman Mintz write that a 'collection of visitor attractions doesnot add up to a city' whether those attractions are culturalcenters, convention centers, aquariums, stadiums or enclosedmalls."--The New York Times

"...provides a fascinating insight into the US Urban Designscenario..." (Urban Design, Autumn 2001)