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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262061285 | 398 pp. | 6 x 9 in | October 1989
Paperback | $34.00 X | £24.95 | ISBN: 9780262560597 | 398 pp. | 6 x 9 in | July 1991

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Downtown, Inc.

How America Rebuilds Cities


Pioneering observers of the urban landscape Bernard Frieden and Lynne Sagalyn delve into the inner workings of the exciting new public entrepreneurship and public-private partnerships that have revitalized the downtowns of such cities as Boston, San Diego, Seattle, St. Paul, and Pasadena.Both authors are in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Bernard J. Frieden recently completed a term as Chairman of the MIT Faculty and is Ford Professor of Urban Development. Lynne B. Sagalyn is Associate Professor of Planning and Real Estate Development.

About the Author

Lynne B. Sagalyn is the Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Director of the MBA Real Estate Program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.


“Downtown, Inc. is a solid book with plenty of background . . . [Its] densely detailed case studies celebrate flexibility and innovation on both sides of the increasingly blurry public-private debate.”—Harold Henderson, Planning
Downtown, Inc. represents the most insightful commentary on up-to-the-minute urban development that has appeared to date. Moreover, this is a book in which the words 'government' and 'successful' actually appear in the same sentence.”—Edward A. Schwartz, New York Times Book Review


“Frieden and Sagalyn have captured, in an authoritative and impressive way, the most significant developments in American city building over the last 15 years.”
Robert Wood, Henry R. Luce Professor of Democratic Institutions and the Social Order, Wesleyan University
“An insightful analysis of downtown commercial redevelopment. Frieden and Sagalyn explore the process and effects of commercial revitalization with great wisdom and clarity.”
Daniel P. Moynihan, United States Senator from New York
“Successful cities have been the cutting edge of all successful societies. Downtown, Inc. is a very good analysis of what we know about what one does and does not do to create successful cities in the United States.”
Lester Thurow, Department of Economics, MIT
“Bernard Frieden and Lynne Sagalyn have written a most interesting account of the most interesting developments...They describe in this important contribution to urban studies how new mechanism for downtown developments were forged bringing together city governments and private developers, and brought to fruition developments in the 1980’s more successful as contributions to urban life and diversity than the projects of earlier years.”
Nathan Glazer