Book Review Journal of Planning History 1-6 ª 2018 The Author(s) Reprints and permission: sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav journals.sagepub.com/home/jph Alexander, Anna Rose. 2016. City on Fire: Technology, Social Change, and the Hazards of Progress in Mexico City, 1860–1910. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press. 240 pp. $26.95, ISBN 9780822964186. Schlo¨r, Joachim. 2016. Nights in the Big City: Paris, Berlin, London 1840–1930. London, UK: Reaktion Books. 352 pp. £16.95, ISBN 9781780235868. Reviewed by: Carlos Lo´pez Galviz, Lancaster University, UK DOI: 10.1177/1538513218775860 Fire hazards and city nights aren’t the obvious themes capturing the imagination of planning historians. Their interest might rest on what happens next, namely, after the fire, including recon- struction plans and the insights they provide regarding perceptions of the city; the role of transpor- tation networks in the process; the importance of monuments, vistas, and key buildings; and the daily practices that have shaped city life in the past and continue to matter today and in the future. Conversely, planning in the context of the night often concerns mitigating darkness through con- ventional infrastructure, notably public lighting, but also in relation to major events such as World Fairs and Exhibitions where the artifice of light, water, and color have served to
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Published: Jan 1, 2018
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