Review by Choice Review
Schultz rejects the conventional wisdom that the planning of the American city began around the turn of the century. Instead, in this well-researched and tightly argued study, the author presents a convincing case that planning concepts and their all-important applications began to shape the industrializing urban environment as early as the 1820s. The relentless pressure of rapid population growth and technological innovation forced urbanites to begin thinking and to begin making decisions about the urban future. Four themes are developed here: evolving intellectual perceptions of the city; emerging urban law; health, and disease-related issues; and technological solutions to intensifying urban and social problems. Schultz is a highly regarded scholar, and this is a signifcant contribution to the literature of US social history. Although the publisher has not been generous with visual materials, the book is handsomely produced, profusely documented, and well indexed. Essential for urban history and urban studies collections. -P. O. Muller, University of Miami
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