The Nature Of Cities: Ecological Visions And The American Urban Professions, 1920–1960 by Jennifer S. LightThe Nature Of Cities: Ecological Visions And The American Urban Professions, 1920–1960 by Jennifer S. Light

The Nature Of Cities: Ecological Visions And The American Urban Professions, 1920–1960

byJennifer S. Light

Paperback | March 14, 2014

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In the early twentieth century, America was transformed from a predominantly agricultural nation to one whose population resided mostly in cities. Yet rural areas continued to hold favored status in the country’s political life.

For prominent figures in the social sciences, city planning, and real estate who were anxious about the future of cities, this obsession with the agrarian past inspired a new campaign for urban reform. They called for ongoing programs of natural resource management to be extended to maintain and improve cities.

Jennifer S. Light finds a new understanding of the history of urban renewal in the United States in the rise and fall of the American conservation movement. The professionals Light examines came to view America’s urban landscapes as ecological communities requiring scientific management on par with forests and farms. The Nature of Cities brings together environmental and urban history to reveal how, over four decades, this ecological vision shaped the development of cities around the nation.

Jennifer S. Light is a professor at the School of Communication and the Departments of History and Sociology at Northwestern University and Faculty Associate at the Institute for Policy Research. She is the author of From Warfare to Welfare: Defense Intellectuals and Urban Problems in Cold War America, also published by Johns Hopkins....
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Title:The Nature Of Cities: Ecological Visions And The American Urban Professions, 1920–1960Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.79 inPublished:March 14, 2014Publisher:Johns Hopkins University PressLanguage:English

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Light does a wonderful job of tracking the migration of people and ideas to the nation's capital, demonstrating how these shaped the National Resources Planning Board's agenda and actions, and detailing how urban management became national policy from FDR to LBJ.