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The City, RevisitedUrban Theory from Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York$
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Dennis R. Judd and Dick Simpson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665754

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665754.001.0001

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School Is Out

School Is Out

The Case of New York City

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The City, Revisited

John Hull Mollenkopf

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter argues that we don’t really need a Chicago, Los Angeles, or New York School that privileges the distinctive characteristics of one city in our understanding of comparative urban theory. We do, however, need a nuanced comparative analysis across metropolitan areas that draws on characteristics that are more or less prominent across them, or even absent in some. The Los Angeles School certainly draws attention to the ways in which the various parts of the metropolis relate to one another far differently in Los Angeles today than in Chicago eighty years ago. But New York, Chicago, and many other big, important, nodal cities also have distinctive features that provide equally valid bases for generating theory. The city of New York reflects four such features: a large urban political economy, a vital neighborhood life, group succession driven by immigration, and close ties to other key nodes in the global urban system. The time has come to shift our attention from whose model is better to how and why these important dimensions vary across places.

Keywords:   New York School, L.A. School, Chicago School urbanism, urban development, comparative urban theory

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