Reconsidering Trenton

The Small City in the Post-Industrial Age

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About the Book

Trenton, like the state of New Jersey, is often maligned these days, but there was a time when Trenton was the fiftieth largest city in the United States and boasted worldwide leaders in the iron and steel, rubber, and pottery industries. Like many cities of its comparative size and prowess that came of age in the Industrial Revolution, Trenton diminished in the aftermath of World War II and has become, for many, one of the “lost cities”—a place of lessened population, abandoned houses, and shuttered factories. Featuring a series of meditative explorations on the essence of the American post-industrial city through the prism of Trenton, this book explores the city’s history, architecture, parks, factories, and neighborhoods through text and image, highlighting the importance of such post-industrial cities.

About the Author(s)

A practicing lawyer and author of three prior photography books, Steven M. Richman speaks and writes extensively in the area of international law. He is a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates, and vice-president of the New Jersey State Museum.

Bibliographic Details

Steven M. Richman
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 298
Bibliographic Info: 68 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4822-7
eISBN: 978-0-7864-6223-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface   1

Introduction   7

Part One: Establishing a Context

1. The City of the Flâneur   13

2. The City Defined and Considered   33

3. The City and the Persistence of Memory   58

Part Two: The Elements of City Life

4. The City of History   78

5. The City and Its Architecture   95

6. The City of Lost Factories   116

7. The Urbanist City   136

8. The Engineered City   153

9. The Landscaped City   173

Part Three: People Reacting to the City

10. The City of Thought   185

11. The Territorial City   200

12. The City and Its Footprint   215

13. The City and the Photographer   238

Epilogue   254

Chapter Notes   255

Bibliography   273

Index   281