City as Ideology: Reconciling the Explosion of the City Form with the Tenacity of the City Concept

  title={City as Ideology: Reconciling the Explosion of the City Form with the Tenacity of the City Concept},
  author={David Wachsmuth},
  journal={Environment and Planning D: Society and Space},
  pages={75 - 90}
  • D. Wachsmuth
  • Published 1 February 2014
  • History
  • Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
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