Articles and Essays

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)


“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,

“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.

“‘People Were Saying Nice Things About Cleveland Again’: Reflecting on Carl Stokes and City Image,” Metropole (blog), Urban History Association, October 5, 2017,

“From ‘The Mistake on the Lake’ to ‘Defend Together’: The Long (and Amusing) History of Trying to Rebrand Cleveland,” Belt Magazine, October 3, 2017,

“‘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

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

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

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

Review Essay: “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

“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.

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