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The Native Tourist
reformed/biblical observations on Christianity and culture

Wednesday, December 10, 2003
Artificial Oxford
Parts of New Haven, Conn. are delightful, especially area around the campus of Yale University. It is full of stone, gothic quadrangles reminiscent of Oxford. It also has two superb art museums designed by Louis Kahn (especially fine is the Center for British Art).

New Haven is also famous for its urban blight, which I have not really experienced. The parts of New Haven I saw during my visits there were like many other old northeastern cities: tired, somewhat plain and unkempt.

A promising new book on New Haven: City: Urbanism and Its End, examines the history of the urban texture of the city, points out its immigrant roots, urban flight, new suburbs, and the failure of urban "renewal". It is also Book & Cultures book of the week.

Sounds like a powerful case study.