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"The Most Segregated City in America"

Charles E. Connerly

One of Planetizen’s Top Ten Books of 2006 "But for Birmingham," Fred Shuttleworth recalled President John F. Kennedy saying in June 1963 when he invited black leaders to meet with him, "we would not be here today." Birmingham is well known for its civil rights history, particularly for... More


The Great Valley Road of Virginia

Edited by Warren R. Hofstra and Karl Raitz

The Great Valley Road of Virginia chronicles the story of one of America’s oldest, most historic, and most geographically significant roads. Emphasized throughout the chapters is a concern for landscape character and the connection of the land to the people who traveled the road and to... More


High Rock and the Greenbelt

John G. Mitchell. Edited by Charles E. Little

In 1976, the influential journalist and National Geographic editor John G. Mitchell published a book in the hopes of saving a precious part of Staten Island, where he and his family had lived for many years. The book, High Rock: A Natural and Unnatural History, helped to save a beloved tract... More


America's Conservation Impulse

Geoffrey L. Buckley

In 2006, conservationists everywhere celebrated the 100th anniversary of professional forestry in Maryland, the Old Line State. Under the leadership of Fred Wilson Besley, Maryland’s first and the nation’s third state forester, scientific forest management and the larger conservation impulse... More


City of Trees

Melanie Choukas Bradley and Polly Alexander. Text by Melanie Choukas-Bradley Illustrations by Polly Alexander

Washington, D.C., boasts more than three hundred species of trees from America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, and City of Trees has been the authoritative guide for locating, identifying, and learning about them for more than twenty-five years. The third edition is fully revised, updated, and... More


The City as Suburb

Eric L. Holcomb

"The growth of Northeast Baltimore illustrates the American transition from settlement to suburb. Here we witness a model that has played out again and again on this continent. By revealing the unseen layers of a rich history, Eric Holcomb presents the features of this model that are unique... More


City Trees

Henry W. Lawrence

For those who have ever wondered why we have trees in cities or what makes the layout of cities like Paris and Amsterdam seem so memorable, City Trees: A Historical Geography from the Renaissance through the Nineteenth Century by Henry W. Lawrence provides a comprehensive and handsome guide... More


An Illustrated Guide to Eastern Woodland Wildflowers and Trees

Melanie Choukas-Bradley. Illustrated by Tina Thieme Brown

A thorough yet user-friendly companion to the authors’ popular paperback Sugarloaf: The Mountain’s History, Geology, and Natural Lore—both books are the result of a ten-year collaboration—this volume is an exquisitely illustrated guide to 350 eastern woodland wildflowers and trees found on... More


Inventing American Modernism

Jill Pearlman

From the late 1930s to the early 1950s, the Harvard Graduate School of Design played a crucial role in shaping a new modern architecture and the modern city. Architects, planners, teachers, and students from all over the world looked to the new GSD, with its celebrated faculty and curriculum... More


Earth Repair

Marcus Hall

Just as the restoration of Michelangelo’s Last Judgment sparked enormous controversy in the art world, so are environmental restorationists intensely divided when it comes to finding ways to rehabilitate damaged ecosystems. Although environmental restoration is quickly becoming a widespread... More


The American Wilderness

Thomas R. Vale

Interpretations of wild nature and wilderness are particularly diverse in the American mind, given our history, our collective economic success, and our diverse social and cultural mix. Although the meanings we attribute to nature reflect our different views of the role humans should play in... More


Lots of Parking

John A. Jakle and Keith A. Sculle

When the automobile was first introduced, few Americans predicted its fundamental impact, not only on how people would travel, but on the American landscape itself. Instead of reducing the amount of wheeled transport on public roads, the advent of mass-produced cars caused congestion, at the... More


Cumberland Island National Seashore

Lary M. Dilsaver

Located off the coast of Georgia, Cumberland Island was once the retreat of some of America’s wealthiest families, most notably the family of Thomas Carnegie, brother of steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, and his wife Lucy. The death in 1962 of their last child, Florence Carnegie Perkins, ended... More


Furious Flower

Joanne V. Gabbin, ed.

Furious Flower: African-American Poetry from the Black Arts Movement to the Present Edited by Joanne V. Gabbin The Furious Flower Conference of 1994 represented the largest gathering of African American writers at one event in nearly thirty years. In that crucial span of time,... More


Sugarloaf

Melanie Choukas-Bradley. Illustrated by Tina Thieme Brown

Listen for the calls of nesting ravens and warblers, watch the growth of wild geranium and black cohosh, and savor the first autumn blush in the tupelo trees. Revel, as did Frank Lloyd Wright, Benjamin Henry Latrobe, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt—among generations of other amateur... More