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The Future Once Happened Here

New York, L.A., D.C., and the Fate of America's Big Cities


Fred Siegel (View Bio)
Hardcover: The Free Press, 1997; Paperback: Encounter, 2000.

The Future Once Happened Here

"THE FUTURE ONCE HAPPENED HERE is a subversive book. In tracing the fate of New York, Washington and Los Angeles in recent decades, Fred Siegel, a professor of history at the Cooper Union for the Arts and Sciences, bitterly attacks the left-liberal consensus that has to varying degrees dominated the governance of each of the cities he examines. But he does so as a dedicated urbanite who, unlike many on the right, is not only at home with cultural diversity but also deeply attached to it." — The New York Times Book Review

"Siegel...offers a provocative perspective on big-city politics.... A thoughtful, challenging work." — Library Journal

"[A] penetrating analysis of urban America's decline." — Kirkus Reviews

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