The Making of Urban America
A History of City Planning in the United States
John W. Reps


This comprehensive survey of urban growth in America has become a standard work in the field. From the early colonial period to the First World War, John Reps explores to what extent city planning has been rooted in the nation's tradition, showing the extent of European influence on early communities. Illustrated by over three hundred reproductions of maps, plans, and panoramic views, this book presents hundreds of American cities and the unique factors affecting their development.

John W. Reps is Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning at the College of Architecture, Cornell University. His works include Cities of the American West: A History of Urban Planning (Princeton).