Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City

Mapping Decline St Louis and the Fate of the American City Once a thriving metropolis on the banks of the Mississippi St Louis Missouri is now a ghostly landscape of vacant houses boarded up storefronts and abandoned factories This text examines the caus

  • Title: Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City
  • Author: Colin Gordon
  • ISBN: 9780812240702
  • Page: 107
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Once a thriving metropolis on the banks of the Mississippi, St Louis, Missouri, is now a ghostly landscape of vacant houses, boarded up storefronts, and abandoned factories This text examines the causes and consequences of St Louis s urban crisis.

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    1. So many maps! And they are so beautiful! And also damning, I loved them. I wanted more about the process of mapping itself, because so few academic geographers and planners really wield maps like this. So I was a little disappointed that this didn't involve some thinking through of what the process of mapping teaches us, especially given the title.What it did do was masterfully describe the growth of St. Louis and its spectacular decline, and it balanced fairly beautifully a big picture view of [...]

    2. Everyone should read this--especially St. Louisans. It amazes me how many people in Greater St. Louis--including my parents--look at the events surrounding the Mike Brown case & are shocked that St. Louis has any problems/issues regarding race, & furthermore, keep saying, over & over, that everything is "fine". Perhaps if people such as my parents read this book and learned that, in fact, things have never been "fine" regarding race, &, at least since after WWI (around the time t [...]

    3. Mapping DeclineMapping Decline by Colin Gordon is an incredibly thorough examination of the decline of the City of St. Louis throughout the 19th century from the 4th biggest city in America all the way to the 48th by the year 2000. Gordon’s primary thesis is that the decline was not due to private choices based on market conditions, but to public policy on a number of fronts including local politics, realtors, zoning, and urban renewal policies. This book had special interest to me as someone [...]

    4. Published in 2008, pre-recession, pre-Ferguson, this book nevertheless lays a groundwork of understanding St Louis at the start of the 21st century - how the (misguided) policies and (failed) planning and (seriously embedded) racism of the 20th century has shaped a river city for today.

    5. Lots of maps and text describing the decline of St. Louis as a viable city over the course of the 20th century. The maps hold a lot of information but are sometimes hard to read. Same with the text - there's a lot of historical detail presented and it can be hard to assimilate it all in a casual read. The argument is worth studying though.Chapter-by-chapter summary:Chapter 1 Local Politics, Local Power: Governing Greater St. Louis, 1940-2000The city of St. Louis was administratively 'divorced' f [...]

    6. This is required reading for anybody who cares about the Saint Louis metropolitan region. Gordon details the history of the metropolitan area from just past its peak in the early 1900s to today, illustrating how the decline is inextricably tied to St. Louis' persistent racism and fragmentation. We find that the city has been fighting many of the same battles for one hundred years now, with very little to show for the efforts. This was a surprisingly easy read, so long as you don't mind being con [...]

    7. Colin Gordon has put together an excellent reference for those interested in the economic history of St. Louis over the last 80 years, but with lessons that could easily apply to any other central city in the United States. We've all seen anecdotal evidence of these problems in run-down inner city neighborhoods, empty buildings in inner suburbs, and gleaming new parking lots in the outer suburbs, but Gordon uses data to back up these assumptions.The book is roughly 1/2 maps and 1/2 text - and st [...]

    8. Maps maps maps maps maps! So many maps!Gordon is a pretty sweet guy, who is able to approach St. Louis' mid- to late-20th century issues with an even hand, distancing himself from a brutal so-it-goes realism without engaging in a romancing-the-urban sentimental nostalgia trip that's all too common with "urbanists." He's got some nice GIS maps and the hard numbers backing them up. This book also glosses the difficulties of a fractured metropolitan area better than anything else I've run into but, [...]

    9. I plan on reading this after I finish applying to UMSL's public policy graduate program. Sure to get me in gear to figure out what is wrong w/ STL and more importantly, what can be done to change the course.***update: Yeah. Almost a year after GRADUATING I'm finally starting it. Ha. I guess I didn't realize how there is no time for reading for fun when you are in grad school. Hope to make it through in something less than three years.

    10. excellent description of America's century long approach to cities: racial covenants, sprawl, suburbanization, dysfunctional taxation, uneven devlopment and urban renewal that left cities across the country completely devastated and filled with blocks where one or two buildings remain standing

    11. This was a great book about developments in the St. Louis metro area in the twentieth century. Though it was somewhat dense and academic, it synthesized and explained so much of what you can feel every time you drive around the St. Louis area. In that way, it was illuminating and electrifying.

    12. Along with all of the great maps, this is a good synthesis of history, economics, sociology and political science. One of the best books on the decline of the American city.

    13. This book deals with both racial deed restrictions (Chapter 2) and historical GIS, both of which are interests of mine. Gordon is a wonderful writer, and I am enjoying it.

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