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City on a Hill

Urban Idealism in America from the Puritans to the Present

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$35.00 • £28.95 • €31.50

ISBN 9780674987999

Publication Date: 10/29/2019


464 pages

6 x 9 inches

132 photos, 36 color photos, 15 illus.

Belknap Press


  • Preface
  • Introduction: Dreams of a Future in a New World
  • 1. Jefferson’s Blueprint for an Egalitarian Republic
  • 2. A Nature’s Nation in the Garden of the World
  • 3. Interpreting America’s Anti-Urban Bias
  • 4. The Small Town as an Ideal: Puritan Covenants to Celebration, Florida
  • 5. The Company Town Away from Town
  • 6. “Grace Dwelling in It”: The Romance of the Suburb
  • 7. Seeding Settlement: Homesteads, Land Grants, and Capital Seats
  • 8. Making Nature Urbane: Olmsted and the Parks Movement
  • 9. Utopians and Reformers in a Cauldron of Urbanization
  • 10. Washington: City of Magnificent Intentions
  • 11. Chicago 1910: Logistics Utopia
  • 12. Autopia: The Drive to Disperse
  • 13. Communitarian Journeys
  • 14. Misguided Renewal: The Urban Clearance Decades
  • 15. Walt Disney’s EPCOT and the New Town Movement
  • 16. Fabulous and Commonplace: Seeking Paradise in Las Vegas
  • 17. New Orleans and Attachment to Place
  • 18. E-topia: Smart Cities for the Creative Class
  • 19. Postscript: Heading to That Better Place
  • Notes
  • Illustration Credits
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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