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Cities in the Urban AgeA Dissent$
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Robert A. Beauregard

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226535241

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226535418.001.0001

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The City

The City

Chapter:
(p.1) One The City
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Cities in the Urban Age
Author(s):

Robert A. Beauregard

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226535418.003.0001

This chapter introduces the key concepts of the book and explores the various ways in which we might think about the city. After a skeletal history of the US city, it considers how we might distinguish them from non-cities, how we imagine life there, and the fuzziness of their physical and functional boundaries. It treats the city as both known and mysterious. The four contradictions – wealth/poverty, environmental destruction/sustainability, democracy/oligarchy, and tolerance/intolerance – are then briefly described.

Keywords:   city, urban imaginaries, contradictions

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