"In his 1933 poem Burn the Cities, Nathanael West, the iconoclastic American novelist and urban radical, portrays the city as a focal point of discontent and of anguish for the world's predicament.2 From Jerusalem to Paris and finally to London, the poem winds through distressing urban imagery with scant opportunity for escape. The implicit modicum of hope is an overthrow of the present order. From older cities abroad, West imports an apocalyptic vision of cities at home."
University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform
Suggested Bluebook Citation
Peter R. Pitegoff, Urban Revitalization and Community Finance: An Introduction, 27 U. Mich. J. L. Reform 613 (1994).