The work is not well served by its presentation. Black and white images are sometimes muddy or too small, and their placement does not always coincide with the text. Oddly, many black and white images are also given in color in the book’s center, but their captions are not linked to the text. Historical maps and plans comprise but a small portion of images given and are largely useless. There is no bibliography. Finally, proofreading glitches happen more than they should: “Euro Saarinen” (104) and “self-proclaimed profit George Rapp” (257) are just two.
Perhaps such production problems won’t matter to those more interested in the subjects discussed than in their presentation; nevertheless, readers would be well advised not to accept what’s here without further investigation.
Lake Douglas, PhD, FASLA, is professor at LSU’s Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture and associate dean, College of Art + Design. His most recent book, with co-author Karen Kingsley, is Buildings of New Orleans (2018).
How to Cite This: Douglas, Lake. Review of City on a Hill: Urban Idealism in America from the Puritans to the Present, by Alex Krieger, JAE Online, March 12, 2021.
All images used in this review are courtesy of Harvard University Press.