Roy Lubove's Twentieth-Century Pittsburgh is a pioneering analysis of elite driven, post-World War II urban renewal in a city once disdained as “hell with the lid off.” The book continues to be invaluable to anyone interested in the fate of America's beleaguered metropolitan and industrial centers.
This slim volume should be of interest not only to historians but also to community planners, social scientists, and non-academics with a serious interest in cities. Its primary concern is not with the growth of Pittsburgh, but with those who sought to change the city's physical environment. . . . A useful, timely, and provocative contribution to the growing literature on community planning in the twentieth century.
Readers will find Lubove's narrative fascinating to read not only because he tells Pittsburgh's story well but because they will find numerous events in it similar to those which occurred in their own cities, but commonly without having such dramatic outcomes.
Roy Lubove, was professor of social welfare and history at the University of Pittsburgh and the author of several books, including: The Progressives and the Slums; Social Welfare in Transition: Selected English Documents, 1834Ð1909and Community Planning in the 1920s: The Contribution of the Regional Planning Association of America.