Sep 28 2014

Downtown America – Alison Isenberg

Published by at 9:17 pm under Reflection Blog

After reading the final two chapters of Isenberg’s book, I felt that they highlighted the rapidly changing tastes and (less rapidly changing) social norms in America and how they contribute to a very dynamic culture. Chapter Six covers racial tensions, desegregation and the riots of the 1960s and 70s, which had an extremely negative impact on the cities in which they occurred. In Chapter Seven, she discusses the commercial “nostalgia” trend that came out of the late 1970s. This included the preservation and restoration of old or historical buildings for public or private use. Just a decade before, many of these older buildings had been considered passé and were demolished and replaced with 1960s modernism, reflecting changing tastes.

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