9780226109459-0226109453-Close-Up: How to Read the American City (Phoenix Book; P863)

Close-Up: How to Read the American City (Phoenix Book; P863)

ISBN-13: 9780226109459
ISBN-10: 0226109453
Edition: Reprint
Author: Clay, Grady
Publication date: 1980
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Format: Paperback 192 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780226109459
ISBN-10: 0226109453
Edition: Reprint
Author: Clay, Grady
Publication date: 1980
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Format: Paperback 192 pages

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Acknowledged authors Clay, Grady wrote Close-Up: How to Read the American City (Phoenix Book; P863) comprising 192 pages back in 1980. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0226109453 and 9780226109459. Since then Close-Up: How to Read the American City (Phoenix Book; P863) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 0.38 or rent at the marketplace.

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"Grady Clay looks hard at the landscape, finding out who built what and why, noticing who participates in a city's success and who gets left in a 'sink,' or depressed (often literally) area. Clay doesn't stay in the city; he looks at industrial towns, truck stops, suburbs—nearly anywhere people live or work. His style is witty and readable, and the book is crammed with illustrations that clarify his points. If I had to pick up one book to guide my observations of the American scene, this would be it."—Sonia Simone, Whole Earth Review

"The emphasis on the informal aspects of city-shaping—topographical, historical, economic and social—does much to counteract the formalist approach to American urban design. Close-Up...should be required reading for anyone wishing to understand Americans and their cities."—Roger Cunliffe, Architectural Review

"Close-Up is a provocative and stimulating book."—Thomas J. Schlereth, Winterthur Portfolio

"Within this coherent string of essays, the urban dweller or observer, as well as the student, will find refreshing strategies for viewing the environmental 'situations' interacting to form a landscape."—Dallas Morning News

"Clay's Close-Up, first published in 1973, is still a key book for looking at the real American city. Too many urban books and guidebooks concentrate on the good parts of the city....Clay looks at all parts of the city, the suburbs, and the places between cities, and develops new terms to describe parts of the built environment—fronts, strips, beats, stacks, sinks, and turf. No one who wants to understand American cities or to describe them, should fail to know this book. The illustrations are of special interest to the guidebook writer."—American Urban Guidenotes

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