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Essays on the New American City
Book review of a collection of essays on American cities in "The New American City Faces Its Regional Future: A Cleveland Perspective".
# 49315 | 2,223 words | 1 source | MLA | 2004 | US

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This paper reviews a series of short essays dealing with the changing face of American cities compiled in the book, "The New American City Faces its Regional Future: A Cleveland Perspective". The paper explains how the book, which contains essays from several different authors while focusing primarily on the future of Cleveland in the new world order, also has a very national perspective and speaks at length about the problems of urban centers across the country. The paper discusses Part One and Part Two of the book and summarizes the authors's opinions regarding Cleveland's present situation, the role of Cleveland's city hall, and top-down style reform. The paper also summarizes how the authors deal with the reconstruction of a city and the need for mandatory regional government that overrides the local rule of suburbs.

From the Paper:

"Two basic situations were appraised by all of the writers in the first half of the book. The first had to do with the staggering inequality that coincides here with a deeply segregated living arrangement. Cleveland is apparently among the top five most segregated urban centers in the country, and the reason for this phenomenon is explored by all. The second issue is that of urban sprawl, with each author suggesting a course of action that might revitalize the inner city."

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