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Main Street to Mainframes
Landscape and Social Change in Poughkeepsie
Main Street to Mainframes
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Harvey K. Flad - Author
Clyde Griffen - Author
Excelsior Editions
SUNY series, An American Region: Studies in the Hudson Valley
Price: $30.00 
Hardcover - 465 pages
Release Date: May 2009
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-2613-6

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2010 Helen Wilkinson Reynolds Award, presented by Dutchess County Historical Society

Tells the story of Poughkeepsie’s transformation from small city to urban region.

The history of growth, decline, and revitalization in Poughkeepsie, New York, parallels that of many other small northeastern cities. Main Street to Mainframes tells the story of Poughkeepsie’s transformation over the past three centuries—from an agricultural market town, to a small city with a diversified economy centered on Main Street, to an urban region dependent on the success of one corporation—and how this transformation has affected the lives and landscape of its inhabitants. As it adjusted to major changes in agriculture, transportation, and industry, Poughkeepsie was also shaped by the forces and tensions of immigration and race. The voices of immigrant and migrant newcomers, from the Germans, Irish, and African Americans of the nineteenth century to the Italians, Poles, and Latinos of the twentieth, enliven the narrative and offer personal perspectives on the social and demographic shifts that have taken place over the years. The book also places Poughkeepsie in the context of the mid–Hudson Valley’s other cities—Kingston, Newburgh, and Hudson—as they competed from the colonial period onward. Finally, the book examines recent revitalization efforts based on tourism, culture, and the arts.

More than just a local history, Main Street to Mainframes addresses important issues in urban and regional planning, community development, and sociology. Like a palimpsest, Poughkeepsie shows how past landscapes live on in the present, and how, over time, popular perceptions both shape and reflect urban and rural realities.

“…remarkably informative … The book is an engaging read … [and] perhaps the best handbook to my hometown.” — Jerome Hodos, Journal of Regional Science

“…[Flad and Griffen’s] thoroughness, careful research, and cogent writing offer the serious student of historical-urban geography and urban landscapes a useful and interesting evaluation of Poughkeepsie and the central Hudson Valley. The utility of this volume will last for a long time … this volume adds much to the literature on small city development, landscape change, and historical geographic studies of American places. Many should read this volume.” — Pennsylvania Geographer

“With an intimate knowledge of the region, [the authors] have compiled a detailed account of their hometown and the surrounding mid-Hudson River valley hinterland … Flad and Griffen chronicle some of the most important trends that have affected not only Poughkeepsie but other older cities in the northern United States.” — Journal of American History

“…an ambitious examination of Poughkeepsie and the broader Mid-Hudson region in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries … Flad and Griffen bring to their study a devotion to Poughkeepsie as community and shared landscape and present a compelling argument for why understanding history is essential to shaping a more inclusive society and economy in the decades to come.” — Hudson River Valley Review

“…a thoughtful, comprehensive portrait of Poughkeepsie’s growth from colonial outpost to thriving waterfront city…” — Chronogram

“This is a profoundly important book, a model community history from a cross-disciplinary perspective that concentrates on the transformations of the land and the built environment. It is also timely. It makes clear that, in Poughkeepsie’s case at least, revitalization has just entered an important phase.” — Field Horne, Conference on New York State History

At Vassar College, Harvey K. Flad is Professor Emeritus of Geography, and Clyde Griffen is Lucy Maynard Salmon Professor Emeritus of American History. Griffen’s previous books include Natives and Newcomers: The Ordering of Opportunity in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Poughkeepsie (with Sally Griffen) and Meanings for Manhood: Constructions of Masculinity in Victorian America (coedited with Mark C. Carnes).


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I. Before 1900

1. The Valley Setting

2. Poughkeepsie Grows from Village to City

3. Improvements and Conflicts in the Late Nineteenth Century

Part II. A Diversified Industrial Economy and Society

4. The Cityscape at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

5. A New Wave of Immigrants Changes the Citizenry

6. Municipal Reform and Urban Planning

7. Changes to the Space Economy Between the Wars

8. Business and Labor in the 1920s and 1930s

9. Depression in FDR’s Home County

Part III. IBM Remakes the Region as Its Largest Employer

10. Technological Revolution Transforms the Region: IBM

11. IBM Triumphs with the 360 Mainframe Computer

12. The Quest for Inner-City Revitalization: Urban Renewal

13. Social Planning—The Model Cities Experiment

14. Issues and Causes of the 1960s

15. Change in Higher Education in the Valley

16. IBM Downsizes, but the Valley Recovers

Part IV. Postindustrial Poughkeepsie and the Valley

17. The Nonprofit Service Sector Grows in Importance

18. Main Street Struggles to Return Amid Suburban Sprawl

19. Civic Identity and Social Change in the 1990s

20. City and Region at the End of the Twentieth Century

21. Main Street and the Twenty-first-Century Cultural Landscape

Epilogue Main Street Revisited

Notes

Annotated Bibliography

Index



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