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    The American City: An Urban Odyssey to 11 US Cities

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2..._American_City

    So I found this book at a bookstore browsing around. It's from 1981 and I had to have it. It looks at 11 different US cities and gives them taglines and has a section about each city with old photos and what people thought about that city.

    The book is sooooooo politically incorrect and kind of talks smack on each city while saying a few nice things. I guess it's just interesting to me to see older books about cities from the vantage point of time and what was thought at the particular time. As well as old photos of the cities to see how they've changed.

    Has anyone else come across/seen this book?

    I'll post a few photos or something later once I'm home.

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    I love this book!

    My dad bought me this book back in the mid 1980's! I had just come back from a school trip to New York City and I was very interested in American cities. Growing up this was one of my favorite books! I loved looking at the pictures and reading it again and again.

    I was over at my parents house for dinner earlier tonight and I found the book. I just did a google search on it and I saw your post....I think this book is great!

    Like you said, it's interesting to see the cities as they were over 30 years ago.

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    This 1981 book only covers 11 cities:
    Atlanta
    Boston
    Chicago
    Columbus
    Denver
    Houston
    Kansas City
    Los Angeles
    Minneapolis
    New York
    Portland

    In 1981, I could have written more accurate descriptions of Boston, Los Angeles, and New York City.

    The posted link has the book with only one author:
    Paul Gapp, who died in 1992.

    In fact, there are two other writers- Chicago Tribune journalists- who contributed to the book in a very major way:
    John McCarron- still on Tribune staff
    Stanley Ziemba- status uncertain

    None of these 3 authors are listed for any major book before or after this one.

    Quote Originally posted by medea1919 View post
    I'll post a few photos or something later once I'm home.
    The photos are interesting. What made you decide not to post anymore?

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    Quote Originally posted by medea1919 View post
    I guess it's just interesting to me to see older books about cities from the vantage point of time and what was thought at the particular time.
    It's not necessarily what was generally thought in 1981.

    It was what the 3 authors thought in 1981.
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