John F. Bauman is visiting research professor at Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine and Professor Emeritus at California University of Pennsylvania. He the author of Public Housing, Race, and Renewal: Urban Plann Edward K. Muller is emeritus professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a former chair of the Department of History, former director of the urban studies program, and a Fulbright Research Scholar in New Zealand. He is foundi
"Bauman and Muller deftly weave planning theories and municipal
politics, national and local personalities, parks and parking lots,
economic transformation and local topographies into an absorbing
and wide-ranging history of Pittsburgh's urban modernization.
Before Renaissance shows us the varied and often effective
urban-planning initiatives of an era often derided for its
inattention to urban issues. It is as catholic and as complex as
the planners it chronicles."
--Dell Upton, University of Virginia
"Before Renaissance is an outstanding history of planning in Pittsburgh. Based on extensive research, it illuminates the conflicting forces of rationalism, politics, and power that shaped the built environment of the preeminent industrial city."
--Joel A. Tarr, Carnegie Mellon University
"In Before Renaissance Bauman and Muller secure Pittsburgh's place as a leading edge in the formation of professional planning. By detailing how planners narrowed the progressive reform agenda even as they achieved considerable success in instilling a strong planning ethos, they show how the city's experience set the stage for urban renewal efforts following World War II. Sure to be influential in rethinking the formative history of urban and regional management, their work deserves a wide and attentive audience."
--Howard Gillette Jr., Rutgers University-Camden