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)

Peer-reviewed Articles and Chapters

“Through the Ivory Curtain: African Americans in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, before the Fair Housing Movement.” Journal of Urban History, OnlineFirst Oct. 4, 2021, print version forthcoming 2023. Read

“Digital Storytelling and University-based Community Engagement in Cleveland,” in Engaging Place, Engaging Practices: Urban History and Campus-Community Partnerships, ed. Robin F. Bachin and Amy L. Howard (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2023), 70–95.

Meshack Owino and J. Mark Souther, “Building Global Citizenship through the African Digital Humanities: The MaCleKi Collaborative,” in Identity Transformation and Politicization in Africa: Shifting Mobilization, ed. Toyin Falola and Céline A. Jacquemin (London: Lexington Books, 2022), 191–210.

“Making ‘The Garden City of the South’: Beautification, Preservation, and Downtown Planning in Augusta, Georgia,” Journal of Planning History 20, no. 2 (May 2021): 87–116.  Read

“‘Green Spots in the Heart of Town’: Planning and Contesting the Nation’s Widest Streets in Georgia’s Fall Line Cities,” Georgia Historical Quarterly 104, no. 4 (Winter 2020): 286–322. Read

Meshack Owino and J. Mark Souther, “‘Curating Kisumu’ and ‘Curating East Africa’: Academic Collaboration and Public Engagement in the Digital Age,” History in Africa 47 (June 2020): 327-357. Read

“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, 2020), 162-182.

“‘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, Beachwood; Bedford; Bedford Heights; Bratenahl; Chagrin Highlands; Crayton, Leroy; Cuyahoga Heights; Doan’s Corners; Downtown; East Cleveland; Euclid; Euclid Ave.; Gates Mills; GlenwillowHaggins, Isaac Sr.; Highland Heights; Hough Area Development Corp.; House of WillsHunting Valley; Marotta, Vincent G.; Mayfield HeightsMayfield Village; North American Systems, Inc.; North RandallOakwoodOrangePepper Pike; Richmond HeightsSlaughter, Fleet; Solon; South Euclid; Wade Park Allotment; Warrensville Heights; Williams, Eugene; Wills, J. Walter, Sr.Woodmere. All published 2019-2020.

Other Non-peer-reviewed Articles and Essays

“What Happened to Northeast Ohio’s ‘Chemical Shore’?” Belt Magazine, May 29, 2020,

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,

“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,

“‘People Were Saying Nice Things About Cleveland Again’: Reflecting on Carl Stokes and City Image,” The 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,

Stories on Cleveland Historical,
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; Cleveland Trust Tower: Marcel Breuer’s Only Skyscraper; Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park; Coventry Village Library; Downtown Subway Plan; Dugway Brook; Erieview; Forest Hill Church, Presbyterian; Forest Hill Park Footbridge; Grant Deming’s Forest Hill; The Halle Building: Alfred Pope’s Terra-cotta Showcase for Downtown Shopping; Heights Hardware; House of Wills; Kinney & Levan: The Nation’s Largest Housewares Emporium; 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; Society for Savings Building: Cleveland’s First Skyscraper; Warner and Swasey Observatory. All published 2012-2022.

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

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