Articles and Essays

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My 2011 JPH article examines the relationship between University Circle planning and concerns about racial transition and neighborhood decay on Cleveland’s East Side. (Image courtesy of Cleveland Memory Project)

 

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

Meshack Owino and J. Mark Souther, “Curating Kisumu: Digital History, Academic Collaboration, and Public Engagement in an East African City,” History in Africa, forthcoming 2020

“Jewish Suburbanization and Jewish Presence in the ‘City without Jews,'” in Cleveland Jews and the Making of a Midwestern Community, ed. Sean Martin and John J. Grabowski (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, forthcoming February 14, 2020).

“Making ‘The Garden City of the South’: Beautification, Preservation, and Downtown Planning in Augusta, Georgia.” Journal of Planning History, forthcoming online first fall 2019.

“‘The Best Things in Life Are Here’ in ‘The Mistake on the Lake’:  Narratives of Decline and Renewal in Cleveland,” Journal of Urban History, 41 (November 2015):  1091-1117.  Read

“A $35 Million ‘Hole in the Ground’:  Metropolitan Fragmentation and Cleveland’s Unbuilt Downtown Subway,” Journal of Planning History, 14 (August 2015):  179-203.  Read

“Acropolis of the Middle-West:  Decay, Renewal, and Boosterism in Cleveland’s University Circle,” Journal of Planning History, 10 (February 2011):  30-58.  Read

“Suburban Swamp:  The Rise and Fall of Planned New-Town Communities in New Orleans East,” Planning Perspectives, 23 (April 2008):  197-218.  Read

“The Disneyfication of New Orleans:  The French Quarter as Facade in a Divided City,” Journal of American History, 94 (December 2007):  804-811.  Read

“Into the Big League:  Conventions, Football, and the Color Line in New Orleans,” Journal of Urban History, 29 (September 2003):  694-725.  Read

“Making ‘America’s Most Interesting City’:  Tourism and the Construction of Cultural Image in New Orleans, 1940-1984,” in Southern Journeys:  Tourism, History, and Culture in the Modern South, ed. Richard D. Starnes (Tuscaloosa:  University of Alabama Press, 2003), 114-137.

“Making the ‘Birthplace of Jazz’:  Tourism and Musical Heritage Marketing in New Orleans,” Louisiana History, 44 (Winter 2003):  39-73.  Read

Review Essays

“Down South in/of Dixie:  Rethinking the Tourist South,” Reviews in American History 43, no. 1 (March 2015):  116-125.  Read

“Building and Rebuilding New Orleans:  Nature, Artifice, and Transformation,” Journal of Planning History 6, no. 4 (November 2007):  338-352.  Read

“In the Shadow of the Suburban Dream:  Black Struggles on the Urban Fringe,” Reviews in American History 33, no. 4 (December 2005):  594-600.  Read

“Landscapes of Leisure:  Building an Urban History of Tourism,” Journal of Urban History 30, no. 2 (January 2004):  257-265.  Read

Encyclopedia Articles and Entries

“Urban Tourism in the U.S. since 1800,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, Oxford University Press, February 2018, doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199329175.013.573.

“Urbanization of Leisure,” in Encyclopedia of Recreation and Leisure in America, Vol. 2, ed. Gary S. Cross (Westport, CT:  Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2004), 383-391.

Entries in the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, ed. John J. Grabowski, case.edu/ech:
Beachwood; Chagrin Highlands; Crayton, Leroy; Doan’s Corners; Euclid; Euclid Ave.; Gates Mills; GlenwillowHaggins, Isaac Sr.; Highland Heights; Hough Area Development Corp.Hunting Valley; Mayfield HeightsMayfield Village; North RandallOakwoodOrangePepper Pike; Richmond HeightsSlaughter, Fleet; Solon; South Euclid; Warrensville HeightsWoodmere. All published 2019.

Other Non-Peer-Reviewed Articles and Essays

MaCleKi: Engaging the African Public in their History, One Story at a Time” (with Meshack Owino), Items: Insights from the Social Sciences (Social Science Research Council), December 3, 2018, items.ssrc.org/parameters/macleki-engaging-the-african-public-in-their-history-one-story-at-a-time/.

“The ‘Messiah’ Mayor Who Believed in Cleveland When No One Else Did: Carl Stokes, the First African American to Lead a Big City, Was Both a Realist and a Showman,” Zócalo Public Square, March 22, 2018, www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2018/03/22/messiah-mayor-believed-cleveland-no-one-else/ideas/essay/.

“‘People Were Saying Nice Things About Cleveland Again’: Reflecting on Carl Stokes and City Image,” The Metropole (blog), Urban History Association, October 5, 2017, themetropole.blog/2017/10/05/people-were-saying-nice-things-about-cleveland-again-reflecting-on-carl-stokes-and-city-image/.

“From ‘The Mistake on the Lake’ to ‘Defend Together’: The Long (and Amusing) History of Trying to Rebrand Cleveland,” Belt Magazine, October 3, 2017, beltmag.com/mistake-lake-defend-together-long-amusing-history-trying-rebrand-cleveland/.

Stories on Cleveland Historical, clevelandhistorical.org:
Bluestone Quarries; Brith Emeth Temple/Ratner School; Christ Our Redeemer A.M.E. Church; Cleveland’s Greenhouse Industry: “Gardens Under Glass”; Cleveland’s Second Downtown; Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park; Coventry Village Library; Downtown Subway Plan; Dugway Brook; Forest Hill Church, Presbyterian; Forest Hill Park Footbridge; Grant Deming’s Forest Hill; Heights Hardware; M. M. Brown’s Mayfield Heights; Monticello Modern: Midcentury Architecture in Forest Hill; New Amsterdam Hotel; Pla-Mor Roller Rink; Public Square: Two Centuries of Transformation; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; Warner and Swasey Observatory. All published 2012-2015.

“The Other Forest Hill: Grant Deming’s Garden-Suburb Allotment,” View from the Overlook (Cleveland Heights Historical Society) 32 (Fall 2012):  1-11.  Read