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Living downtown : the history of residential hotels in the United States

Author: Paul Erling Groth
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Residential hotels have been an element of American urban life for nearly 200 years. This text examines their social and cultural history, demonstrating that these hotels have played a valuable  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Erling Groth
ISBN: 0520068769 9780520068766 0520219546 9780520219540
OCLC Number: 29218918
Description: xxii, 401 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents: 1. Conflicting Ideas About Hotel Life. Hotel Homes and Cosmopolitan Diversity. Barriers to Understanding Hotel Living. San Francisco's Hotels as Exemplars --
2. Palace Hotels and Social Opulence. Personal Ease and Instant Social Position. Incubators for a Mobile High Society. Conversion Experiences for the New City --
3. Midpriced Mansions for Middle Incomes. Convenience for Movable Lives. Mansions for Rent. Alternative Quarters. Room for Exceptions --
4. Rooming Houses and the Margins of Respectability. Plain Rooms. Economic Limbo. Rooming House Districts: Diversity and Mixture. Downtown Alternatives to Rooming Houses. Scattered Homes versus Material Correctness --
5. Outsiders and Cheap Lodging Houses. Essential Outcasts. No-Family Houses. Zones for Single Laborers: Skid Row and Chinatown. Fronts for Embarrassing Economic Realities --
6. Building a Civilization Without Homes. Owners and Managers. Specialization for Single Use. Public Impressions and Residential Opposition. 7. Hotel Homes as a Public Nuisance. Hotel Critics and Reform Ranks. Concerns for the Family. Hazards for the Individual. Threats to Urban Citizenship. Hotel Homes as a Public Nuisance --
8. From Scattered Opinion to Centralized Policy. Forging Frameworks for Housing Change. Early Arenas of Hotel Control. Doctrinaire Idealism and Deliberate Ignorance. Buildings as Targets and Surrogates --
9. Prohibition Versus Pluralism. Losing Ground: Changing Contexts, 1930-1970. Official Prohibitions of Hotel Life, 1930-1970. Since 1970: Conflicts Surrounding Hotel Life. The Prospect of Pluralism in Housing. History Urban Experts and Pluralism --
Appendix: Hotel and Employment Statistics.
Responsibility: Paul Groth.
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"An immensely fascinating, important and most welcome historical study of residential hotels in the downtowns and adjacent districts of U. S. cities."--Gwyn Rowley, "Progress in Human Geography

 
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