City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age

City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age

P. D. Smith

For the 1st time within the heritage of our planet, greater than part the population-3.3 billion people-is now residing in towns. City is the last word guidebook to our city centers-the signature unit of human civilization. With erudite prose and thoroughly selected illustrations, this distinct paintings of metatourism explores what towns are and the way they paintings. It covers heritage, customs and language, districts, shipping, cash, paintings, outlets and markets, and vacationer websites, making a beautifully designated portrait of the town via historical past and into the future.

The city explorer will enjoy essays on downtowns, suburbs, shantytowns and favelas, graffiti, skylines, crime, the theater, road nutrition, activity, eco-cities, and sacred websites, in addition to mini essays at the Tower of Babel, flash mobs, ghettos, skateboarding, and SimCity, between many others. Drawing on an unlimited variety of examples from the world over and all through historical past, City is largely illustrated with full-color pictures, maps, and different photographs. Acclaimed writer and self sustaining student P. D. Smith explores what it was once wish to reside within the first towns, how they've got developed, and why sooner or later, towns will play a fair higher function in human life.

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