City: Rediscovering the Center

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University of Pennsylvania Press
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7.0 X 10.0 X 0.8 inches | 1.65 pounds

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About the Author

William H. Whyte (1917-1999), author of the bestselling Organization Man, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press, was born in Pennsylvania and educated at Princeton. Paco Underhill, founder, CEO, and president of Envirosell, is the author of Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping and Call of the Mall: The Geography of Shopping.


"Whyte's Street Life Project studied the use of urban spaces for 16 years. This follow-up to The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces is an engaging look at the variety of human interactions which make 'downtown' vibrant. Whyte looks at such diverse topics as pedestrian movement, concourses and skyways, sunlight and its effects--all from the perspective of a confirmed city-lover. His observations and recommendations can be read with profit and pleasure by professional planners and readers interested in what makes a city tick."--Library Journal

"We who hug the city to us by instinct are grateful to Whyte for providing us with a hundred--a thousand--arguments for doing so."--New Yorker

"City is written in clear, straightforward, and vivid prose. . . . Whyte bubbles over with data. . . . He is an authentic visionary."--Los Angeles Times

"Informal, spontaneous interactions give the modern city its vitality, so Whyte's enemies are urban planners who evince disregard and even contempt for street life. Part meditation, part design manual, this marvelously observant tour of cities will please anyone who cares about urban livability."--Publishers Weekly

"City punctures commonplace assumptions about urban life in virtually every chapter. . . . There is genuine brilliance here."--New York Times