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Based on her extensive experience in the urban communities of Los Angeles, historian and architect Dolores Hayden proposes new perspectives on gender, race, and ethnicity to broaden the practice of public history and public art, enlarge urban preservation, and reorient the writing of urban history to spatial struggles.


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Based on her extensive experience in the urban communities of Los Angeles, historian and architect Dolores Hayden proposes new perspectives on gender, race, and ethnicity to broaden the practice of public history and public art, enlarge urban preservation, and reorient the writing of urban history to spatial struggles.

30 review for The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mike Emett

    For History, Space, and Memory Grad Course Would have received a higher rating had her take on the history of the Mormon church and its doctrines been not just so much false, but in having to deal with the awkwardness of the very works she footnotes to prove her case refuting her.

  2. 4 out of 5

    El

    Read this for a class. Somewhat interesting idea about using public art to commemorate the untold history of a place, but Hayden's obsession with herself becomes distracting and frustrating to read. Read this for a class. Somewhat interesting idea about using public art to commemorate the untold history of a place, but Hayden's obsession with herself becomes distracting and frustrating to read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Grant

    Had to read it for class. Hayden points out some good examples of inclusion in public history. Her commentary on race is less relevant today then in the 90s.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hataipat

    hadn't finished the last chapter but i will hadn't finished the last chapter but i will

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hillary Borders

    Read for Public History Seminar

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Johnson

    Fantastic read about urban history and how preservation laws have overlooked women's history and minority ethnic groups over the years. The book is now slightly outdated (1999) but still somehow relevant. Fantastic read about urban history and how preservation laws have overlooked women's history and minority ethnic groups over the years. The book is now slightly outdated (1999) but still somehow relevant.

  7. 5 out of 5

    John

    I enjoyed this, mainly for the case studies of public history projects around LA, but I'm not really sure how I could use this in public historical practice. The moral of the story seems to be that PH projects dealing with urban landscapes are very complex and destined to run into a ton of roadblocks, and each one is going to play out differently, with different complications. It is good to learn about previous projects that worked, but I don't think reading these stories will really prep me for I enjoyed this, mainly for the case studies of public history projects around LA, but I'm not really sure how I could use this in public historical practice. The moral of the story seems to be that PH projects dealing with urban landscapes are very complex and destined to run into a ton of roadblocks, and each one is going to play out differently, with different complications. It is good to learn about previous projects that worked, but I don't think reading these stories will really prep me for the kinds of problems that I will run into- they will be unique to my projects. It is good to read this just to start thinking about ways that common people's history can be preserved/commemorated/memorialized. I was having lots of little interesting ideas while I read it that played off of projects Hayden was writing about.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Izetta Autumn

    Hayden highlights the history of Los Angeles, particularly focusing on displaced/disenfranchised communities and activism. Hayden focuses a great deal on Biddy Mason one of my sheroes. What's great about this book is that Hayden gives you another level of appreciation for the spaces in which we live - not only our homes, but the broader community, cities, and ultimately country we live in. Suggesting that "lived space" is so much more than perhaps we understand. I found the conceptual maps Hayde Hayden highlights the history of Los Angeles, particularly focusing on displaced/disenfranchised communities and activism. Hayden focuses a great deal on Biddy Mason one of my sheroes. What's great about this book is that Hayden gives you another level of appreciation for the spaces in which we live - not only our homes, but the broader community, cities, and ultimately country we live in. Suggesting that "lived space" is so much more than perhaps we understand. I found the conceptual maps Hayden asks residents to draw, as examples of how privilege, race, and class impact one's knowledge of the city one lives in to be very powerful and interesting. Now when I think of my own city, the lovely Chocolate City (DC) I appreciate the places I know and am more keenly aware of the places I might not know and why.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    Dolores Hayden is an accessible and engaging writer. As she acknowledges in the Preface, "Power of Place" is intended for a variety of audiences -- from planners to students to nonprofit professionals to historians to artists to laypeople -- and her direct approach to the theoretical, historical and practical subject matters allows for each tier of this varied audience to engage with this material. Furthermore, the histories told in this book, as well as the important (and underacknowledged) wor Dolores Hayden is an accessible and engaging writer. As she acknowledges in the Preface, "Power of Place" is intended for a variety of audiences -- from planners to students to nonprofit professionals to historians to artists to laypeople -- and her direct approach to the theoretical, historical and practical subject matters allows for each tier of this varied audience to engage with this material. Furthermore, the histories told in this book, as well as the important (and underacknowledged) work that Hayden's orgazization Power of Place was doing, are critical narratives for anyone hoping to engage in public history, historic and social prservation and space reclamation, in addition to public art practitioners. A HIGHLY recommended, great read!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    Using Los Angeles as a case study (based in her own professional projects) Hayden argues for shifting the public history paradigm in urban places to acknowledge a more diversely gendered, racial and ethnic past. The case studies are preceded by a brief examination of urban public history in other American locations. Hayden's text is accessible to a broad readership, but at times the narrative might have benefited from greater depth of exploration. Using Los Angeles as a case study (based in her own professional projects) Hayden argues for shifting the public history paradigm in urban places to acknowledge a more diversely gendered, racial and ethnic past. The case studies are preceded by a brief examination of urban public history in other American locations. Hayden's text is accessible to a broad readership, but at times the narrative might have benefited from greater depth of exploration.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    An intriguing look at the use of collective memory and social landscapes to create spaces the empower communities. I reviewed this as an assignment, but found myself drawn in to her detail and analysis as though it was a novel. Anyone who enjoys thinking about Urban spaces and the meanings behind social memory and the power of collective experience will enjoy this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    This book is my jelly and my jam. It has all the things I love in a book about planning. It centers place, people, and the particularity of the way people produce landscapes of meaning. Hayden also foregrounds, appropriately, the often political implications of the way public history is constructed or suppressed via landscape neglect, renewal or preservation.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Scotch

    I stumbled upon a photo of my good friend as a child and a family photo of my great-great grandpa, great-grandpa, and grandpa. That alone did it for me, haha.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Schein

    i dont remember much about this one, but i think i liked it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Donnie

    Demonstrates how place and collective memory effect history and meaning. I think social workers would get a lot out of it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mills College Library

    307.7609 H414p 1997

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura Taylor

    I love Dolores Hayden, but this isn't one of my faves. Her approach to thinking about landscape is great, though, and this is a perfect read for anyone interested in society and space. I love Dolores Hayden, but this isn't one of my faves. Her approach to thinking about landscape is great, though, and this is a perfect read for anyone interested in society and space.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Mackie

    Great example on how to use the museum to support community development.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anna

  20. 4 out of 5

    Solmaz

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gsunoo

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jason Heppler

  23. 5 out of 5

    Meral

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  26. 5 out of 5

    Beatrice Cox

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bradleypeacock

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paul

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