The Changing Image of the City: Planning for Downtown Omaha, 1945-1973

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U of Nebraska Press, 1992 - History - 292 pages
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The Changing Image of the City describes urban planning and development from the end of World War II to 1973, when major elements of the design of Nebraska's largest city were in place. Janet Daly-Bednarek shows how the appraches to planning shifted during a period that saw Omaha change from a hub of food processing and transportation to a postindustrial center dominated by insurance and by educational, medical, and other services. Finally, she surveys recent developments such as the Central Park Mall and the Old Market area in light of earlier plans and their implementation.



In considering the changes that have occurred in Omaha, this book reveals much about the growth of professional urban planning in America. In Omaha, as elsewhere, planners dealt with power brokers, coped with rampant suburbanism and sprawling shopping malls, searched for ways to reverse the inner-city decay, and concerned themselves with historic preservation, beautification, and quality of life.

  

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Contents

New Ideas and Changing Images i
22
Omaha 19451973
41
Planning 19331945
77
Traditional Planning for a Traditional City 19451958
107
A City in Transition 19581966
149
Planning 19661973
187
Epilogue
227
Bibliography
267
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A native of Omaha, Janet R. Daly-Bednarek holds a Ph. D. degree in history from the University of Pittsburgh and is now employed in the U. S. Air Force's history program at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio.

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