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By Kathleen A. Brosnan, Amy L. Scott

The yank West, from the start of Euro-American payment, has been formed through assorted principles approximately how one can make the most of actual house and normal environments to create cohesive, occasionally unique neighborhood identities. while westerners constructed their cities, they built areas and cultural identities that mirrored replacement understandings of contemporary urbanity. The essays in urban desires, nation Schemes make the most of an interdisciplinary method of discover the ways in which westerners conceptualized, equipped, and inhabited city, suburban, and exurban areas within the 20th century.The members learn such subject matters because the points of interest of open house and rural gentrification in shaping city improvement; the position of tourism in constructing nationwide parks, ancient websites, and California's Napa Valley; and the jobs of public artwork, gender, and ethnicity in shaping city facilities. urban goals, Country Schemes unearths the values and expectancies that experience formed the West and the lives of the folks who inhabit it.

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Wilson, The City Beautiful Movement (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989), chaps. 7, 10; Greg Hise and William Deverell, Eden by Design: The 1930 Olmsted-Bartholomew Plan for the Los Angeles Region (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2000). 28. Robert Rydell, All the World’s a Fair: Visions of Empire at American International Expositions, 1876–1916 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984). 29. Berry, America’s Utopian Experiments, chap. 16; John Hancock, “The New Deal and American Planning: The 1930s,” in Two Centuries of American Planning, edited by Daniel Schaeffer (London: Mansell, 1988), 197–230.

12. On Union Colony, see Hayden, Seven American Utopias, chap. 9. The conflict at the White River Agency, especially the role of Meeker’s utopianism in it, is treated in Marshall Sprague, Massacre: The Tragedy at White River (Boston: Little, Brown, 1957), first quote on 10–11; Robert Emmitt, The Last War Trial: The Utes and the Settlement of Colorado (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1954), 50, 73–74, 122–25; Mark E. : Greeley Tribune Press, 1890), 319–56, second quote on 343. 13. David Hamer, New Towns in the New World: Images and Perceptions of the NineteenthCentury Urban Frontier (New York: Columbia University Press, 1990), 61–62.

Such wishful ventures possess some redeeming value for the larger society; few would argue that their inability to attain some sort of ultimate goal meant that they did not contribute in a meaningful fashion to the broader good. [ 27 ] city dreams, country schemes If utopian projects are held to a slightly less lofty standard, I think that we can see that this particular realm of human striving actually endures in significant and illuminating ways. Take just a few examples from the West. Utopia lives on in Utah and the Mormon West; saying that it “died” when Mormonism became “a respectable Protestant religion” is much too simplistic.

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