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urban history



  • Neglected Gems of Urban History

    by Richard Harris

    For two generations, Lampard told urban historians that cities mattered especially, but not only, in economic terms.



  • Babe Ruth's New York @ 100

    by Jonathan Goldman

    When Babe Ruth started hitting home runs, the US started to change.


  • Cities

    Historians comment on urban issues.



  • How Minneapolis made Prince

    by Rashad Shabazz

    The history of Minneapolis and why, simply put, Prince would not sound like Prince without Minneapolis.


  • Walkability Is at the Heart of Human Societies

    by Antonia Malchik

    We’ve forgotten about shared space, about public roads, and the fact that tens of thousands of years of human history demonstrates a profound need for the daily, in-person interactions walkability provides.

  • "Cities are the Living Embodiments of Past Decisions"

    by Robin Lindley

     Children in wading pool at Cascade Playground, Seattle, 1939. All photos credit Seattle Museum of History and Industry.Stories about place are makeshift things. They are composed with the world’s debris.--Michel de CerteauIn most undergraduate history classes, students are required to take tests and write a paper or two.But University of Washington history professor Dr. Margaret O’Mara wanted to tap into her students’ curiosity and their relationship with the web and technology for her history of U.S. Cities course last winter.To bring urban history to life for her students and encourage them to explore and see their world in new ways, Dr. O’Mara created an innovative project that focused on Seattle’s dynamic South Lake Union neighborhood, now an area of high-tech businesses, medical clinics, trendy eateries, and pricey real estate.