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claims over the centrality of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 to the
larger movement, and demonstrates how politics was utilized "to achieve a con-
geries of socioeconomic reforms related to urban design" (p. 75). With his able
synthesis and admirable documentation of these seemingly disparate subjects,
Wilson provides a context for the eight case histories that follow and, more im-
portant, rescues the City Beautiful from the narrow design context to which it
is so often confined, thereby reintegrating it into the larger conceptual frame-
work of turn-of-the-century urban development.
The eight case studies, which constitute his two central sections, are orga-
nized chronologically. For the movement's initial stage, Wilson surveys Kansas
City, Harrisburg, Seattle, and Denver. For its second stage, he returns to Kan-
sas City, Seattle and Denver, but substitutes Dallas for the Pennsylvania capital
With this sample, Wilson accomplishes several objectives. To begin with, he
extends the movement beyond the often-cited Washington and Chicago plans
of Daniel H. Burnham to include City Beautiful plans-and, indeed, cities-
that customarily receive only passing attention from urban historians. Next, by
tracing the progression of the movement in Kansas City, Seattle, and Denver,
Wilson demonstrates that successful planning depended ultimately upon effec-
tive coalition politics. Finally, by providing more contained accounts of the City
Beautiful in a small city (Harrisburg) and in a larger one on the verge of the
automobile revolution (Dallas), Wilson suggests the movement's variety. (For
each case history, the narrative is clear, but graphic presentation tends not to
be. Readers are advised to supplement the visual material in the text with more
detailed maps from other sources.)
"The Glory, Destruction, and Meaning of the City Beautiful" is more than
the title of the book's concluding chapter. It is also an expression of the author's
central theme: that the movement was more than neoclassical massing, and that
it was, in fact, the city-building process that gave shape to early metropoli-
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+ 174. Preface, illustrations, epilogue, appendices, notes, index. $19.95.)
Pattillo Higgins's contributions to the discovery and development of the
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