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Synopsis: Traces the history of New York's Central Park, describing its creation and the political, social, and cultural changes that have shaped its development
From the Back Cover: In this superb and handsomely illustrated book - the first full-scale history of the park ever published - Roy Rosenzweig and Elizabeth Blackmar tell the dramatic story of the creation of Central Park, of the people who built it and have used it. The book chronicles the launching of the park project, the disputes surrounding its design and management, the job of constructing it, and the various ways it has served generations of New Yorkers. Throughout, the authors delineate the politicians, business people, artists, immigrant laborers, and city dwellers who are the key players in the tale. In tracing the park's history, the writers also give us the history of New York. They explain how squabbles over politics, taxes, and real estate development shaped the park and describe the acrimonious debates over what a public park should look like, what facilities it should offer, and how it should accommodate the often incompatible expectations of different groups of parkgoers. The authors have uncovered surprising information about the immigrants and African Americans who were displaced from the park site, and they offer a critical reassessment of the famous collaboration of the park's designers, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. In rich detail, they describe working-class New Yorkers fighting for Sunday park concerts and against the practice of renting park seats for a nickel. They look back at the origins of the zoo and museums at the park's borders. They follow the battle between the twentieth-century reformers who wanted to introduce playgrounds and ball fields and the preservationists trying to protect the original Olmsted and Vaux design, and they explain the dramatic changes broughtabout by the social impulses of the New Deal and by Robert Moses. Rounding out the story, the authors take in the park's recent history: rising fears of crime in the 1950s, the "be-ins" and anti-war demonstrations of the 1960s, the devastating fiscal crisis of the 1970s, and the restoration of the park in the 1980s by the Central Park Conservancy. But the authors' aim is much wider: they also show that conflicting visions of how a park should be managed and used raise larger issues about the meaning of the "public" in a democratic society. Who is the public? How can people take part in making decisions about public institutions? How do we create public space where people of diverse social and cultural backgrounds will feel welcome? These are questions that communities across the nation will continue to debate. Parkgoers and city dwellers everywhere will be enthusiastic readers of The Park and the People, as will those interested in urban, architectural, social, and cultural history, urban planning, and landscape architecture.
Title: The Park and the People: A History of ...
Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr
Publication Date: 1992
Book Condition: New
Book Description Hardback. 1st Edition. Large octavo size [16x24cm approx]. Near Fine copy in Very Good dustjacket. Dustjacket is now protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. A nice copy. Illustrated with Black & White Photographs, Maps and Drawings. 623 pages. Robust, professional packaging and tracking provided for all parcels. Seller Inventory # 311418
Book Description Hardcover. Condition: Very Good +. Dust Jacket Condition: very good. First printing. Yellow cloth boards with green spine lettering. Spine lettering is lightly rubbed but still readable. Green endpapers. Illustrated with b/w photos. Clean & tight. NO markings. Dj has minor edge and shelfwear. Seller Inventory # 4600
Book Description Cloth. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. Yellow cloth with green endpapers and green title/author printing on spine, in fine dust jacket with jacket protector. Definitive, profusely illustrated history of the design, administration and use of New York City's Central Park. 623 pp. History, Biography of a place, Central Park, New York City. Seller Inventory # 004400
Book Description Condition: Very Good. Independent family-run bookstore for over 50 years! Buy with confidence! Book is in very good condition with minimal signs of use. Seller Inventory # bk0801425166xvz189zvxvrg
Book Description Hardcover. Condition: Good. No Jacket. Item is in good condition. Some moderate creases and wear. This item may not come with CDs or additional parts including access codes for textbooks. This may not have a dust jacket. Might be an ex-library copy and contain writing/highlighting. Photos are stock pictures and not of the actual item. Seller Inventory # DS-0801425166-3
Book Description Hardcover. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0801425166