Excerpt from A Decade of Civic Development The Civic Renascence was the title given to the following chapters when they appeared in The Chautauquau, to whose publishers obligations are due for the kind permission to revise and reprint. The periods of rebellion, reconstruction, industrial expansion, and imperialism will be more conspicuous in the orientation of the end of the century than the civic awakening which is w too near in time and has been too spontaneous in character for proper appreciation. It is too early to measure the full meaning of the new civic spirit and its accomplishments, but to sum up a few of the spectacular evidences of civic progress may serve to interpret a movement already as broad is the continent. While we have long been disheartened by municipal mismanagement and civic apathy, we must be stirred and inspired by the fact, already demonstrated beyond dispute, that the civic progress of the last decade is greater than that of all our previous national existence. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.