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American CapitalsA Historical Geography$
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Christian Montès

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226080482

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226080512.001.0001

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State Capitals since the 1950s

State Capitals since the 1950s

The Renaissance of Forgotten Cities

(p.205) 7 State Capitals since the 1950s
American Capitals

Christian Montès

University of Chicago Press

This chapter looks at the current revival –or late awakening- of most state capitals, their opening to more political purity and economic success in the so-called “post-industrial” age (although they became only late higher education centers). However, the national urban hierarchy has not been fundamentally altered by their growth, which remains uneven. Some capitals are still heavily depending on state jobs, and may resent it. They are then individually analyzed first according to their economic situation (three types exist: modern, seemingly unchanged, and second rank), then to their quality of life.

Keywords:   Aggiornamento, Post-industrial, Amenities, Tourism, Urban hierarchy

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