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The Fragmented Politics of Urban Preservation: Beijing, Chicago, and Paris

Yue Zhang


The practice of urban preservation has become increasingly controversial in modern cities. In some places, historic monuments dismantled decades ago are rebuilt in exactly the same fashion, whereas centuries-old urban dwellings are demolished and replaced by new structures with historic appearances. In other places, heritage status becomes the equivalent of tax benefits, which encourages the renovation of historic houses but leads to the displacement of longtime residents. Based on extensive fieldwork and archival data, this book explores how the joint force of policy discourse and political i ... More

Keywords: Urban preservation, Political fragmentation, Beijing, Paris, Chicago, Intergovernmental relations, Bureaucracy, Gentrification, Cultural heritage, Policy process

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780816683680
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816683680.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yue Zhang, author
Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago