Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Feb 11.

In the first section of Delores Hayden's The Power of Place she discusses place in both the physical and social aspects. "Place is one of the trickiest words in the English language, a suitcase so overfilled one can never shut the lid"(15)
In the the first chapter the physical aspect of place was discussed, specifically architecture and historical importance. Using a debate between Herbert J. Gans and Louise Huxtable, Hayden shows us the differing viewpoints that exist in the preservation of buildings and neighborhoods. One side based on structural beauty the other on social importance, Upper west side versus the Bronx.
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In the second we delve into the social meanings of place. Place will shape a person in their views of gender and race. Raised in a predominately white area with strong male dominance and little to no interaction with other races will create a toatlly different person then one raised in a multicultural city.

The last chapter uses specific examples of different groups and the attempt at preservation. A book Brass Valley led to the emergance of ethnic and cultural preservation among the working class such as the chinatown history project. The preservation of the important places of the woman's suffrage movement in New York and the Black heritage Trail in Boston.    


  1. This is a good summary of the first section, brief but covers the main points. Your quote is great because the word place is such a vague word.

  2. Good job breaking each chapter down. It's too bad the book is older, it would have been nice to read about some current projects or controversies concerning social interpretations of historical buildings.