Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. vii-9

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

My initial interest in the topic of urban preservation was kindled by the drastic urban transformation of my hometown, Beijing. Since the late 1990s, Beijing has gone through rapid urban renewal, and a large proportion of the historic city has vanished under the wrecking ball. I was sad...

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Introduction: The Paradox of Urban Preservation

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pp. xiii-xxviii

In the summer of 2005, two large preservation projects were taking place in Beijing. The first one was the restoration of Yongdingmen, the central gate of the Outer City located at the southern end of the Central Axis. Originally built in 1553, Yongdingmen was demolished in the 1950s, along...

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1. The Logic of Political Fragmentation

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pp. 1-21

In this chapter, I develop a general theory of how political fragmentation influences the policy process. I identify three major types of political fragmentation, namely, functional fragmentation, territorial fragmentation, and intergovernmental fragmentation, and I specify the effects of each type...

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2. Beijing: Bureaucratic Anarchy and Symbolic Preservation

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pp. 23-64

On a hot summer day in 2010, I went to interview an official in a district government of Beijing who is in charge of cultural heritage preservation in the district. Our interview place was chosen in a temple, located in the center of the city but no longer open to the public, where he and his assistants...

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3. Chicago: Aldermanic Fiefdoms and Mosaic Preservation

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pp. 65-102

During my first research trip to Chicago in 2004, I was lucky to meet with and have a long conversation with the deputy commissioner of the Chicago Landmarks Division. After giving me a historical overview of preservation policies in Chicago, he asked me whether I had spoken to any aldermen...

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4. Paris: Intergovernmental Competition and Joint Preservation

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pp. 103-145

In January 2007, at the end of my research trip to Paris, I was stunned by the news that the Paris Municipal Government was sued by the French National Government in the Administrative Court of Paris. The cause of the lawsuit was an urban development plan (Plans Locaux d’Urbanisme...

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Conclusion: Political Boundaries and Beyond

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pp. 147-157

Urban preservation is fraught with paradox and controversy. Despite the original goals of urban preservation to protect the architectural integrity and social sustainability of cities, the practice of urban preservation in modern cities is motivated by different political and economic concerns....

Notes

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pp. 159-161

Bibliography

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pp. 163-177

Index

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pp. 179-201