The Fragmented City: Politics of Historic Preservation

Yue Zhang, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, presents the central arguments of her recent book, “The Fragmented City: Politics of Urban Preservation in Beijing, Paris, and Chicago.” Based on comprehensive archival research and more than 200 in-depth interviews in the three cities, Zhang finds that urban preservation provides a tool for diverse political and social actors to frame their propositions and to advance their favored coursed of action.