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A Theater for Living: Anatomy of European Street Life in 1900
A Theater for Living: Anatomy of European Street Life in 1900

“… unrefined, menacing to some, and occasionally violent, but full of the raw energy of day-to-day human existence.”

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What Makes a Great City: A General Theory of Walkability
What Makes a Great City: A General Theory of Walkability

“City engineers have turned our downtowns into places that are easy to get to but not worth arriving at.”

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The Famous Grids of Iconic Cities, Deconstructed and Remixed
The Famous Grids of Iconic Cities, Deconstructed and Remixed

Great metropolises, dissected and tidied up.

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How People Live In The Suburbs: A Vintage Illustrated Gem
How People Live In The Suburbs: A Vintage Illustrated Gem

“Swinging is a good time to close your eyes and make-believe.”

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Changing New York: Berenice Abbott’s Stunning Black-and-White Photos from the 1930s
Changing New York: Berenice Abbott’s Stunning Black-and-White Photos from the 1930s

A breathtaking time-capsule of this ageless, ever-changing city.

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A Typographic Literary Map of San Francisco, in a Puzzle
A Typographic Literary Map of San Francisco, in a Puzzle

From Kerouac to Steinbeck by way of The Mission.

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