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1. A suggestive state course of study
2. Chinatown and China City in Los
3. Report of the Cultural Study Committee
4. California education in environmental
5. Report on retirement studies made
6. Growth management and public finance
7. Informal Politics: Street Vendors
8. Selling the City: Gender, Class,
9. The Public City: The Political
10. From Colonia to Community: The
11. City for Sale: The Transformation
12. Truckee - California: List of
13. The Urban Voter: Group Conflict
14. Their Sisters' Keepers: Prostitution
15. Islands in the City: West Indian
16. Living for the City: Migration,
17. A City Comes Out: The Gay and
18. Doing the Town: The Rise of Urban
19. City on the Edge: The Transformation
20. The Other Side: Notes from the

1. A suggestive state course of study for kindergarten-primary grades, submitted at the request of the county and city superintendents of schools
by Katherine Louise McLaughlin
Paperback: 172 Pages (2010-09-04)
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Publisher: Sacramento : California State Printing OfficePublication date: 1922Subjects: Education -- California CurriculaEducation -- CurriculaKindergartenNotes: This is an OCR reprint. There may be typos or missing text. There are no illustrations or indexes.When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. You can also preview the book there. ... Read more

2. Chinatown and China City in Los Angeles (Postcard History)
by Jenny Cho, Chinese Historical Society of Southern California
Paperback: 128 Pages (2011-01-17)
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By 1900, the Chinese population of Los Angeles City and County had grown to over 3,000 residents who were primarily situated around an enclave called Old Chinatown. When Old Chinatown was razed to build Union Station, Chinese business owners led by Peter SooHoo Sr. purchased land a few blocks north of downtown to build New Chinatown. Both New Chinatown and another enclave called China City opened in 1938, but China City ultimately closed down after a series of fires. ... Read more

3. Report of the Cultural Study Committee to the City of Concord, County of Contra Costa, State of California
by Calif Concord
 Unknown Binding: Pages (1969)

Asin: B0007H3IF0
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4. California education in environmental design and urban studies: Preparation for the professions of architecture, landscape architecture, and city and regional ... Higher Education of the State of California
by Lawrence B Anderson
 Unknown Binding: Pages (1969)

Asin: B0007EO8HU
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5. Report on retirement studies made pertaining to Pasadena City employees based on California State Retirement Plan
by K. R Birge
 Unknown Binding: Pages (1945)

Asin: B0007FLCXW
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6. Growth management and public finance (Occasional paper / Center for California Studies, California State University, Sacramento)
by Peter M Detwiler
 Unknown Binding: 26 Pages (1991)

Asin: B0006DHH16
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7. Informal Politics: Street Vendors and the State in Mexico City
by John Cross
Paperback: 284 Pages (1998-07-01)
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As economic crises struck the Third World in the 1970s and 1980s, large segments of the population turned to the informal economy to survive. Though this phenomenon has previously been analyzed from a strictly economic point of view, this book looks at street vending in the largest city in the world, Mexico City, as a political process.

Employing a street-level analysis based on intensive participant observation, with interviews, archival research, and surveys, the author presents a view of political processes that provides new theoretical insights into social movements, state institutions, and politics at the fringe of society, where legality blurs into illegality and the informal economy intersects with its political counterpoint—informal politics. By studying political processes at the street level and then tracing them up the political structure, the author also reveals the basic processes by which the Mexican state operates.

Street vendors have been successful in defending their interests in Mexico City, the author argues, because they are able to take advantage of certain structural features of the Mexican state, notably the weak integration of interests between policy-makers and policy-implementers. The author shows that when well-organized, street vendors can collude with state policy-implementers even when state policy-makers are influenced by powerful interest groups, such as large national and multinational corporations.

The book develops a systematic theory of the “political economy of economic informality” while raising new questions and theories about the state and social movements. Though the direct research is confined to the Mexican case study, the author suggests ways in which his conclusions can be applied to other developing areas in the Third World.

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8. Selling the City: Gender, Class, and the California Growth Machine, 1880-1940
by Lee Simpson
Hardcover: 232 Pages (2004-07-28)
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Between 1880 and 1940, California cities were in the vanguard in creating comprehensive city plans and zoning ordinances that came to characterize modern American city growth. This book reveals the means by which property-owning middle-class women achieved entry into the male-dominated sphere of urban planning. It suggests that women in California were not excluded from public life.Instead, they embraced the middle-class ideology of propertied self-interest and participated to the fullest extent possible in the urban struggle for regional dominance that shaped this period of western history.Likewise, as urban historians have presented this story as essentially male, this work suggests that although California's urban elite often maintained a division of labor along traditional gender lines, they clearly worked in a cross-gender alliance to shape a regional identity based on a commitment to urban growth. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars influential women
Simpson provides a basically optimistic view of the "space" in which white, upper class women could operate, during the period in California up to 1940. You can read the book at two levels. Firstly, and simply, as a good backdrop to the growth of Los Angeles and San Francisco. The narrative helps give more flesh to a time of great urban expansion, that is nowadays often cursorily discussed. Since that expansion was in turn dwarfed by the ever greater growth after World War 2.

But at another level, the book shows how while women might not have been able to hold formal reins of power, in practise, they had more leeway. It is this informal exercise of power that is well described. The merit of the book is in showing that the commonly accepted view of women having little power in that time is perhaps oversimplified. The historical scholarship demonstrated by Simpson is impressive and amply rewards the reader's attention. ... Read more

9. The Public City: The Political Construction of Urban Life in San Francisco, 1850-1900
by Philip J. Ethington
Paperback: 480 Pages (2001-04-02)
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Philip J. Ethington challenges the assumptions of several decades of urban history that treat American urban politics as the expression of social-group community experience. Instead, he maintains in The Public City, social-group identities of race, class, ethnicity, and gender were politically constructed in the public sphere in the process of political mobilization and journalistic discourse. ... Read more

10. From Colonia to Community: The History of Puerto Ricans in New York City (Latino in American Society and Culture)
by Virginia E. Sánchez Korrol
Paperback: 304 Pages (1994-11-18)
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First published in 1983, this book remains the only full-length study documenting the historical development of the Puerto Rican community in the United States. Expanded to bring it up to the present, Virginia Sánchez Korrol's work traces the growth of the early Puerto Rican settlements--"colonias"--into the unique, vibrant, and well-defined community of today. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars very good
i received this in one week, and it's almost brand new, very good condition. the price is low. :D

5-0 out of 5 stars very informative and positive history of a New York City community
I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to dispel the negative stereotypes of Puerto Ricans created by such fictional works as West Side Story, etc. ... Read more

11. City for Sale: The Transformation of San Francisco, Revised and Updated Edition
by Chester Hartman
Paperback: 432 Pages (2002-06-17)
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13 b/w photographs, 2 mapsSan Francisco is perhaps the most exhilarating of all American cities--its beauty, cultural and political avant-gardism, and history are legendary, while its idiosyncrasies make front-page news. In this revised edition of his highly regarded study of San Francisco's economic and political development since the mid-1950s, Chester Hartman gives a detailed account of how the city has been transformed by the expansion--outward and upward--of its downtown. His story is fueled by a wide range of players and an astonishing array of events, from police storming the International Hotel to citizens forcing the midair termination of a freeway. Throughout, Hartman raises a troubling question: can San Francisco's unique qualities survive the changes that have altered the city's skyline, neighborhoods, and economy? Hartman was directly involved in many of the events he chronicles and thus had access to sources that might otherwise have been unavailable. A former activist with the National Housing Law Project, San Franciscans for Affordable Housing, and other neighborhood organizations, he explains how corporate San Francisco obtained the necessary cooperation of city and federal governments in undertaking massive redevelopment. He illustrates the rationale that produced BART, a subway system that serves upper-income suburbs but few of the city's poor neighborhoods, and cites the environmental effects of unrestrained highrise development, such as powerful wind tunnels and lack of sunshine. In describing the struggle to keep housing affordable in San Francisco and the seemingly intractable problem of homelessness, Hartman reveals the human face of the city's economic transformation. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Background on an Interesting City
SF is my adopted hometown and I love walking around the city, noticing little odds and ends. How come the prime real estate on top of Moscone Center is occupied by a Merry-go-Around and a (mostly deserted) playground? How come BART does not stop anywhere people in SF actually live (except for a lucky few in the Mission). What did SoMa look like 30 years ago?

Hartman covers San Francisco's urban development history from the relocation of the produce market (to make room for Golden Gateway apartments), the development of South-of-Market (and the resistance), Harvey Milk's and George Moscone's assasination, up to the (now completed) redevelopment of the Presidio's Letterman complex into ILM studios.

Reading this book gave me a new perspective on SF. It's possible that the book is not thorough enough for someone who studied urban planning or architecture, but for an interested local resident like me it provided a plenty of detail and insight.

2-0 out of 5 stars not very interesting
After reading _The Power Broker_, I was expecting a similar expose of the power politics that went in to San Francisco's redevelopment._City for Sale_ did not live up to my expectations.Hartman's style is very dry and he gives us very little insight into the people who were involved in the battles that shaped modern San Francisco.He relies almost exclusively on secondary or tertiary sources and presents too much information without distilling and analyzing it.

Hartman spends little more than a page on San Francisco's public transit woes.He ignores the development of BART - which operates almost exclusively as a conduit for suburban workers to go to and from the financial district and serves virtually none of San Francisco's neighborhoods.He also offers little insight into the city's homeless problem - people are drawn to San Francisco because it is the only city in the area that pash cash to homeless people.

I was most disappointed that after Hartman spent 385 pages outlining how the city's business establishment had virtually controlled urban redevelopment for the last 30 years - he spends the last 15 pages trying to blame San Francisco's gentrification problems on computer programmers in their mid-20s.This book was written so recently and yet Hartman's analysis is already incorrect - silicon valley people in their mid-20s are no longer a threat to San Francisco - but the business interests downtown and in Pacific Heights who obviously created the mess still have the same control over the city's affairs. ... Read more

12. Truckee - California: List of Cities in California, Nevada County-California, California, United States, Truckee, Paiute, Chief Winnemucca
Paperback: 120 Pages (2010-02-21)
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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. The population was 13,864 at the 2000 census. Truckee was named after a Paiute chief. His assumed Paiute name was Tru-ki-zo. He was the father of Chief Winnemucca and grandfather of Sarah Winnemucca. The first people who came to cross the Sierra Nevada encountered his tribe. The friendly Chief rode toward them yelling "Tro-kay!", which is Paiute for "Everything is all right". The settlers assumed he was yelling his name. Chief Truckee later served as a guide for John C. Frémont. ... Read more

13. The Urban Voter: Group Conflict and Mayoral Voting Behavior in American Cities (The Politics of Race and Ethnicity)
by Karen M. Kaufmann
Paperback: 256 Pages (2004-01-26)
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Karen Kaufmann's groundbreaking study shows that perceptions of interracial conflict can cause voters in local elections to focus on race, rather than party attachments or political ideologies. Using public opinion data to examine mayoral elections in New York and Los Angeles over the past 35 years, Kaufmann develops a contextual theory of local voting behavior that accounts for the Republican victories of the 1990s in these overwhelmingly Democratic cities and the "liberal revivals" that followed. Her conclusions cast new light on the interactions between government institutions, local economies, and social diversity. The Urban Voter offers a critical analysis of urban America's changing demographics and the ramifications of these changes for the future of American politics.
This book will interest scholars and students of urban politics, racial politics, and voting behavior; the author's interdisciplinary approach also incorporates theoretical insights from sociology and social psychology. The Urban Voter is appropriate for both undergraduate and graduate level courses.
Karen Kaufmann is Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park.
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14. Their Sisters' Keepers: Prostitution in New York City, 1830-1870
by Marilynn Wood Hill
Hardcover: 370 Pages (1993-06-14)
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This intimate study of prostitutes in New York City during the mid-nineteenth century reveals these women in an entirely new light. Unlike traditional studies, Marilynn Wood Hill's account of prostitution's positive attractions, as well as its negative aspects, gives a fresh perspective to this much-discussed occupation.Using a wealth of primary source material, from tax and court records to brothel guidebooks and personal correspondence, Hill shows the common concerns prostitutes shared with women outside the "profession." As mothers, sisters, daughters, and wives, trapped by circumstances, they sought a way to create a life and work culture for themselves and those they cared about.By the 1830s prostitution in New York was no longer hidden. Though officially outside the law, it was well integrated into the city's urban life. Hill documents the discrimination and legal harassment prostitutes suffered, and shows how they asserted their rights to protect themselves and their property. Although their occupation was frequently degrading and dangerous, it offered economic and social opportunities for many of its practitioners. Women controlled the prostitution business until about 1870, and during this period female employers and their employees often achieved economic goals not generally available to other working women.While examining aspects of prostitution that benefited women, Hill's vivid portrayal also makes evident the hardships that prostitutes endured. What emerges is a fully rounded study that will be welcomed by many readers. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars New York City in the mid-1800s.
I bought "Their Sister's Keepers" because I was researching the history of Fanny White, one of the leading "Madams" of the period, for a biography I am writing on Edmon Blankman, Esquire, a young and successful criminal lawyer in New York City, who married her as his first wife. She died within a couple of years thereafter, and her will, which left her substantial fortune to her husband, was hotly contested by her siblings at probate, over a four year period. The contest was richly reported in The New York Times, right down to the testimony given, and in the end, Edmon prevailed. The book provides wonderful detail of the "profession" during that time frame, and helped corroborate details I had found elsewhere. Anyone researching that era will find the book of great interest.

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15. Islands in the City: West Indian Migration to New York
Paperback: 320 Pages (2001-08-06)
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This collection of original essays draws on a variety of theoretical perspectives, methodologies, and empirical data to explore the effects of West Indian migration and to develop analytic frameworks to examine it. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Half done and one sided analysis of West Indian New York
This book is bad. She neglected some major points.
I am married to a West Indian New Yorker.

One of the major factors that causes distinctions between West Indians and AfricAmericans in New York is rural versus urban. Many African Americans in New York have been there for decades since the Great Migration and have developed typical urban culture. West Indians, most of whom came in the 70s onward are from rural or small town cultures, with the exception of your Kingston rudeboy. Thus the small town values versus the big city badness is also a major difference for West Indian immigrants and African AMericans in New York.

My spouse has said that
"One of the greatest difficulties for me, which tied into the value of education, was the identification of the African American, not by whites who I think West Indians are less concerned about than Foner thinks, as "the N word". This is not a word used as casually in West Indian culture. African Americans, generally, use this word like it is running out of time! For me, I just couldnt stand hanging around someone who was constantly referring to me and themselves as such. The myth that it is a brotherly term, I couldnt buy. Too many times had I heard it used negatively by African Americans saying "Nig*** aint sh**", or "you cant trust a nig**" to buy that excuse! I know many West Indians who for this reason only find it difficult to be around SOME African Americans and not anything else."

Another thing is skin tone and female attraction. For many West Indians, a dark skin girl is attractive, and for those who like light skin, Caramel color is often considered light enough. However, many African American males in New York prefer them very very light or Latina. This causes more West Indian women to reaffirm their relationship with West Indian men.

Another foolish point made was that Whites are more accepting to West Indians than African Americans because of relating to an immigrant experience. Thats bull. Most Americans out of New York have no exposure to West Indians. Also most whites, with the exception of Italians and Jews, are generations removed from ideas of immigration. Immigration for americans is a problem with mexicans and the American desire for a Great Wall to be built in Texas. The truth is that IF their is any more positive response to West Indians it is because prior to the 1960s, where the vast majority of whites had arrived by then, most whites were a part of an oppressive system that made every effort to oppress African Americans of whom a lot are still alive today. They feel less guilt when interacting with West Indians and Africans who were oppressed by other whites and so they dont feel the same role was played. Even the Irish and Italian, who may have had issues with protestant America, played a key role as police brutality enforcers or whatever else against blacks. They were a key figure in the riots against blacks during the civil war, wanting not to fight for nig**** or compete for the same jobs. This is the source of their animosity not a lack of an immigrant identity relationship as the author foolishly suggests is the ingredient that makes them prefer West Indians.

Last but not least is the rasta legacy. Though many West Indians are not necessarily rastafari, they relate to this cultural movement and see it as a binder of the West Indian people, particularly Jamaicans. This has a lot to do with the West Indian identity (take a trip down Nostrand Ave and eastern PKWY where this author has probably never been) and you can see that there is a living culture, that does not exist for the sake of reaction, that continues in New York for the immigrants and their children.

2-0 out of 5 stars West Indian for Life
I was very excited to read this book because I was told that it was the most comprehensive study to date on West Indian immigrants and their children in New York; I was misinformed.

The primary problem with this so called study is that it reinforces a negative division btw African Americans and West Indians in New York.It asserts, quite aggressively, that West Indians attempt to separate from African Americans solely because they want to distance themselves from the negative stereotypes of African Americans in the eyes of European Americans. She also claims that 2nd generation West Indian identification is more middle class than lower class. WHAT? It also asserts that second generation West Indian identification is futile unless white society recognizes it.

First of all, as a West Indian born in New York and raised in a West Indian community the vast majority of similar people, regardless of class, see themselves the same.The West Indian children I meet who see themselves as African American are ones who only have one parent who is West Indian, a reality she did not touch at all.THere are loads of such mixed children in New York and they are a major factor.

Next, this ridiculous notion that West Indian pride is a reaction to African AMerican negative stereotyping is simply wrong.Why cant West Indians be prideful simply because they are acknowledging their ancestral heritage?Greeks and Italians and white Latinos also heavily populate New York and show similar ethnic pride and it has nothing to do with distancing from white Americans because of negativity--if anything its the other way around.Ethnic pride is just big in New York, not necessarily for the sake of opposition, but because New York allows such ethnic celebration much more than other US cities.

Furthermore, she ignores negative African American responses to West Indians and how that influences what ever existent segregation there is between the two in New York.Claude McKay, a Harlem Renaissance writer originally from Jamaica, makes it clear in his novels that West Indians were existent in New York then and that African Americans termed them "Monkeys".There is a depiction of West Indians as somehow more related to Africans (since most West Indians are ethnically more West African in appearance and due to their foreign accent)and therefore "of the jungled primitive world".I experienced this first hand.Though now dancehall has made West Indian origin more popular it was not so before the mid 90s.

Also, there is a West Indian value of education that SOME African Americans do not have and this separation, such as my parents forcing me to speak academic english versus AfriAmer dialect or even patois slang, made it harder to connect with AfriAmericans as a teenager.

Also African American communities in New York have a greater degree of young single mothers and unemployed young men than the typical two parent homes of West Indians which makes the communities very different in their needs and thus reinforces less need for interaction.

It was also not recognized in this book that West Indian identity was not dependent of White recognition because as she noted, most West Indians in New York socialize among themselves or other people of color.She uses Londons west indian population as an example of how they are less concerned with ethnic identification than in America and how this is evidence of their need to distance themselves from AfriAmericans--thats false.I can say from first hand experience that West Indians in London are also proud however London is far less celebratory of ethnic multiculturalism than New York which discourages West Indian identity and that many of them are in great interaction with white London and thus lose their culture that way. Despite all of this Brixton is as West Indian prideful as Brooklyn! West Indian identity in New York is existent simply because it IS a different culture not because it needs to reaffirm this for white identity.
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16. Living for the City: Migration, Education, and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California (The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture)
by Donna Murch
Paperback: 344 Pages (2010-10-04)
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In this nuanced and groundbreaking history, Donna Murch argues that the Black Panther Party (BPP) started with a study group. Drawing on oral history and untapped archival sources, she explains how a relatively small city with a recent history of African American settlement produced such compelling and influential forms of Black Power politics.

During an era of expansion and political struggle in California's system of public higher education, black southern migrants formed the BPP. In the early 1960s, attending Merritt College and other public universities radicalized Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, and many of the young people who joined the Panthers' rank and file. In the face of social crisis and police violence, the most disfranchised sectors of the East Bay's African American community--young, poor, and migrant--challenged the legitimacy of state authorities and of an older generation of black leadership. By excavating this hidden history, Living for the City broadens the scholarship of the Black Power movement by documenting the contributions of black students and youth who created new forms of organization, grassroots mobilization, and political literacy.
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17. A City Comes Out: The Gay and Lesbian History of Palm Springs
by David Wallace
Hardcover: 240 Pages (2008-11-25)
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Today, Palm Springs' gay-owned businesses are flourishing, and even the Palm Springs Art Museum cashes in by hosting gay fundraising events. Quite a change from the 1960s, when a local pastor was run out of town when it was discovered that he was gay. But one thing is still missing from Palm Springs--a history of the city's transformation from a winter family resort town into a year-round, world-famous gay destination. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Pure Trash...What Was I Thinking?
The only good thing about this book is that it only takes about a couple of hours to finish. And the only reason I wasted time finishing it was so that I could review it and help save some people time and money.

First of all, don't expect to find out much about the history of gay men in Palm Springs. It is mostly about alleged lesbians (the author is clearly one of those gays who thinks someone is homosexual or bisexual simply because he wants him to be) and their inspirational use of horses, denim and cigarettes to throw off the shackles of "sexism". The same tired feminist drivel we hear over and over again. Yawn. When will gay men finally free themselves from this bond to feminist lesbianism? Oh well, I guess this is not the place for that particular discussion.

Secondly, the book is at least 50% pure conjecture. No references are cited, no proof is given. It is simply a cliche compilation of gay gossip. The book is about is about as scholarly and informative as one of the celebrity magazines you see in grocery store check-out lines. That the author wrote for People magazine comes as no shock.

Thirdly, the book is not about Palm Springs. It is about celebrities who lived there, vacationed there, stayed at a hotel there once, etc. There is one page about the history of Palm Springs. Even that would be acceptable if the author actually discussed what the title explicitly states he will: how celebrities made Palm Springs a gay and lesbian paradise. Apparently his answer is simply by being present. End of story. No discussion of the political history of Palm Springs (except nothing deeper than a reference or two to "old-time" Palm Springs residents who refuse to believe that some person of importance in their city was a homosexual because they are all "right-wing"), demographics, or anything remotely intellectual. Of course he is happy to throw in the occasional reference to homophobia as is to be expected. I laughed out loud when he referred to actor David Niven as being friends with the homosexual director George Cukor despite Niven's homophobia. How can one have a pathological fear of homosexuals and be friends with one at the same time? David Wallace is too busy dishing dirt to worry about being a journalist and such petty things as correct word usage.

This book is utter trash; a complete waste of money, a complete waste of time, a shameful use of paper and resources and another example of the stereotypical, limp-wristedly liberal gay writing that hinders our progress in every conceivable way. ... Read more

18. Doing the Town: The Rise of Urban Tourism in the United States, 1850-1915
by Catherine Cocks
Hardcover: 305 Pages (2001-08-06)
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Tourists and travelers in the early nineteenth century saw American cities as ugly spaces, lacking the art and history that attracted thousands to the great cities of Europe. By the turn of the century, however, city touring became popular in the United States, and the era saw the rise of elegant hotels, packaged tours, and train travel to cities for vacations that would entertain and edify. This fascinating cultural history, studded with vivid details bringing the experience of Victorian-era travel alive, explores the beginnings of urban tourism, and sets the phenomenon within a larger cultural transformation that encompassed fundamental changes in urban life and national identity.

Focusing mainly on New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Catherine Cocks describes what it was like to ride on Pullman cars, stay in the grand hotels, and take in the sights of the cities. Her evocative narrative draws on innovative readings of sources such as guidebooks, travel accounts, tourist magazines, and the journalism of the era. Exploring the full cultural context in which city touring became popular, Cocks ties together many themes in urban and cultural history for the first time, such as the relationships among class, gender, leisure, and the uses and perceptions of urban space. Offering especially lively reading, Doing the Town provides a memorable journey into the experience of the new urban tourist at the same time as it makes a sophisticated contribution to our understanding of the urban and cultural development of the United States. ... Read more

19. City on the Edge: The Transformation of Miami
by Alejandro Portes, Alex Stepick
 Hardcover: 281 Pages (1993-09-02)
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"The authors reveal how the Cuban success story has transformed the character of Miami while delineating more sharply the identity of other ethnic communities." --New York Times Book Review
"Makes a case for the importance of political capital . . . in building ethnic solidarity."--Contemporary Sociology ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good socioeconomics, but dated
City on the Edge is one of the finest books written on the socioeconomic dynamics of Miami and Dade County.The overall history of the city is only lightly treated (and unfortunately, there are few works on the history of South Florida) as the book instead focuses mostly on developments in Miami's recent history, namely from the 1960's forward, as it began its Anglo to Latino "transformation."Be warned, however, that the book is somewhat dated (published in '93 originally, hence 4 stars instead of 5); Miami is a booming, complicated, rapidly evolving city and has changed fairly significantly since then, but the underlying city culture (and it's quirky, problematic socioeconomics) are still there, as analysed by this book.The analysis and overview of the various black groups in Miami in the book was also very revealing. ... Read more

20. The Other Side: Notes from the New L.A., Mexico City, and Beyond
by Ruben Martinez
Paperback: 192 Pages (1993-05-04)
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Asin: 0679745912
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Here is a convincing, often exhilarating vision of a new Latino culture that bubbles from San Salvador to L.A. and that embraces cumbia and hip-hop, anarchists and Catholic priests. The Other Side describes a future that--for some of us--has already arrived. Photographs throughout. ... Read more

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