Cover

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pp. 1-5

Title

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pp. 6-6

Copyright

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pp. 7-9

Contents

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pp. ix-11

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Prologue: The Naked City

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pp. 1-28

There are a million stories in the naked city. That line closes the 1948 classic film noir The Naked City.1 The film, drenched in shadow and filled with the grit and swelter of a hot city summer, is a crime story set in New York. The movie, innovatively filmed in the city itself, out in the open...

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1. Echoes of William Penn

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pp. 29-69

It is fair to say, I think, that no other American city is still so thoroughly identified with its founder as Philadelphia is with William Penn. Bostonians might remember John Winthrop’s connection to the founding of their city, and New Yorkers have named...

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2. The Ghosts That Haunt Us

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pp. 71-114

The moviemaker M. Night Shyamalan has provided another kind of imaginative geography, a decidedly spooky one, for Greater Philadelphia. Shyamalan himself lives on Philadelphia’s Main Line and he has set—and filmed—all his movies in the region...

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3. The Delaware Valley Makes the Middle Class

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pp. 115-157

I play a game with my students: Raise your hand if you are middle class. All hands invariably go up. And there it is. We are all middle class in America. I have heard doctors and lawyers, whose annual incomes top half a million dollars, insist that they too are middle class. It is more central to...

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4. Two Rivers Run Through It

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pp. 159-203

Sitting at his window in 1789 the Reverend Dr. Duche, a visitor from England to the new nation of the United States, wrote a ‘‘Description of Philadelphia’’ for readers of the American Museum. He looked out over the ‘‘majestic Delaware’’ to the woods on the...

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5. In the Mind's Eye: Imagining the Philadelphia Region

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pp. 205-245

Boathouse Row with the lights on. The Liberty Bell. The Art Museum. Independence Hall. William Penn on top of City Hall’s tower. All of these symbolize Philadelphia. They function visually as instantly recognizable shorthand for the city, and as such tend to get used whenever...

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Epilogue: The Naked City and the Story of Decline

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pp. 247-252

For the last fifty years we have told roughly the same story about metropolitan America in the Northeast and the Midwest. In the postwar period, those suburbs have grown, proliferated, and thrived, while the cities at the centers of those regions have declined, decayed, and been...

Notes

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pp. 253-263

Index

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pp. 265-271

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 273-274

In many ways this book began long ago, but it wasn’t until Bob Lockhart of the University of Pennsylvania Press approached me to write it that it occurred to me to do so. My first thanks is to him for giving me the opportunity to collect so much of what has been floating...