City on a Hill: Urban Idealism in America from the Puritans to the Present
City on a Hill: Urban Idealism in America from the Puritans to the Present5 1 5 Author: Alex Krieger Narrator: Mike Chamberlain
The Puritans were the first utopians, seeking a New Jerusalem in the New England villages that still stand as models of small-town life. In the Age of Revolution, Thomas Jefferson dreamed of citizen farmers tending plots laid out across the continent in a grid of enlightened rationality. As industrialization brought urbanization, reformers answered emerging slums with a zealous crusade of grand civic architecture and designed the vast urban parks vital to so many cities today. The twentieth century brought cycles of suburban dreaming, urban renewal, and experiments as diverse as Walt Disney's EPCOT, hippie communes, and Las Vegas.
Krieger's compelling narrative reminds us, as we formulate new ideals today, that we chase our visions surrounded by the glories and failures of dreams gone by.
More information about the audiobook:Publisher: Tantor Audio
Length: 12H 3Min
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