The Personality of American Cities HTML version

This book has been in preparation for nearly four years. In that
time the author has been in each of the cities that he has set forth to
describe herein. With the exception of Charleston, New Orleans
and the three cities of the North Pacific, he has been in each city
two or three or even four or five times.
The task that he has essayed—placing in a single chapter even
something of the flavor and personality of a typical American
town—has not been an easy one, but he hopes that he has given it a
measure of fidelity and accuracy if nothing more. Of course, he
does not believe that he has included within these covers all of the
American cities of distinctive personality. Such a list would
include necessarily such clear-cut New England towns as Portland,
Worcester, Springfield, Hartford and New Haven; it would give
heed to the solid Dutch manors of Albany; the wonderful
development of Detroit, builded into a great city by the
development of the motor car; the distinctive features of
Milwaukee; the southern charm of Indianapolis and Cincinnati and
Louisville; the breezy western atmosphere of Omaha and of
Kansas City. And in Canada, Winnipeg, already proclaiming
herself as the "Chicago of the Dominion," Vancouver and Victoria
demand attention. The author regrets that the lack of personal
acquaintance with the charms of some of these cities, as well as the
pressure of space, serves to prevent their being included within the
pages of his book. It is quite possible, however, that some or all of
them may be included within subsequent editions.
The author bespeaks his thanks to the magazine editors who
were gracious enough to permit him to include portions of his
articles from their pages. He wishes particularly to thank for their
generous assistance in the preparation of this book, R. C.
Ellsworth, and Cromwell Childe of New York; C. Armand Miller,