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Urban Lowlands: A History of Neighborhoods, Poverty, and Planning

Steven T. Moga


Ideas of neighborhood and community animate the study of the American city. Urban Lowlands is a comparative history of four low-lying neighborhoods: Harlem Flats in New York City; Black Bottom in Nashville; Swede Hollow in Saint Paul; and the Flats in Los Angeles. Physical processes of infrastructural development and city building, natural processes of hydrology and geology, and social and political processes of stigmatization and municipal neglect combined to create urban lowland neighborhoods. Known as bottoms, hollows, and flats, they were a common feature of the American urban landscape be ... More

Keywords: city planning, urban landscape, neighborhood, poverty, slum, disease fears

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226710532
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226710679.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven T. Moga, author
Smith College

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