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By Steven Conn

it's a paradox of yank lifestyles that we're a hugely urbanized country choked with humans deeply ambivalent approximately city existence. An aversion to city density and all that it contributes to city lifestyles, and a notion that the town was once where the place "big executive" first took root in the US fostered what historian Steven Conn phrases the "anti-urban impulse." In reaction, anti-urbanists referred to as for the decentralization of town, and rejected the position of presidency in American lifestyles in desire of a go back to the pioneer virtues of independence and self-sufficiency.

In this provocative and sweeping booklet, Conn explores the anti-urban impulse around the twentieth century, analyzing how the information born of it have formed either the locations within which american citizens reside and paintings, and the anti-government politics so powerful this day. starting within the booming business towns of the revolutionary period on the flip of the 20 th century, the place debate surrounding those questions first arose, Conn examines the development of anti-urban events. : He describes the decentralist flow of the Nineteen Thirties, the try to revive the yank small city within the mid-century, the anti-urban foundation of city renewal within the Fifties and '60s, and the Nixon administration's software of establishing new cities as a reaction to the city predicament, illustrating how, via the center of the 20 th century, anti-urbanism used to be on the heart of the politics of the hot correct. Concluding with an exploration of the hot Urbanist experiments on the flip of the twenty first century, Conn demonstrates the complete breadth of the anti-urban impulse, from its inception to the current day. Engagingly written, completely researched, and forcefully argued, Americans opposed to the City is necessary analyzing for someone who cares not only in regards to the historical past of our towns, yet approximately their destiny as well.

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