Voices of Decline - Ch 1 and 2

Voices of Decline - Ch 1 and 2 - Pg. 11 To a degree,...

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Chapter 1: Pg. 4 – “Urban decline lurks behind every postwar story” Pg. 6 – “The city has become an abstract receptacle of displaced feelings about other things.” Pg. 7 - “Public Discourse” (read paragraph 3) Pg. 10 - “Opportunities for financial and artistic success became centered in cities.” Pg. 10 – “Although the city offered numerous opportunities, it also had the potential to depersonalize by enveloping the individual in a mass society.” Pg. 10 – “The city became the metaphor for the personal estrangement and collective angst so central to the modernist sensibility.”
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Unformatted text preview: Pg. 11 To a degree, decline represents the physical manifestations of the alienation and fragility of the modern era. The dismal conditions of the cities served as a stark reminder of the distance between economic practices and liberal aspirations. By the postwar period, the alienation of the city had become so pronounced, the ties of community so eroded, and the desirability of social and spatial mobility so ingrained that attempts to forge links between urban decline and a celebratory modernist sensibility were overwhelming....
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