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The Future Once Happened Here

New York, D.C., L.A., and the Fate of America's Big Cities

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Trade Paperback / 328 pages
ISBN: 1893554104
AVAILABLE: 2/01/2000


The Future Once Happened Here
New York, D.C., L.A., and the Fate of America's Big Cities

Each of Siegel’s three urban portraits—New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles—shows the desperate remedies undertaken by cities searching for a lifeline back to the future whose promise they once seemed to embody. In a narrative that acknowledges the large historical forces that have remade the face of America over the last three decades, but insists that social policies are not merely foregone conclusions waiting to happen, Siegel holds up a mirror to our urban nature and tells us much about the way we live now.


About the Author

Fred Siegel has written widely on American and European politics and was described as “the historian of the American city” in a November 2011 profile in the Wall Street Journal.

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Each of Siegel’s three urban portraits—New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles—shows the desperate remedies undertaken by cities searching for a lifeline back to the future whose promise they once seemed to embody. In a narrative that acknowledges the large historical forces that have remade the face of America over the last three decades, but insists that social policies are not merely foregone conclusions waiting to happen, Siegel holds up a mirror to our urban nature and tells us much about the way we live now.

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