Atlanta: Race, Class And Urban Expansion
Atlanta, the epitome of the New South, is a city whose economic growth has transformed it from a provincial capital to a global city, one that could bid for and win the 1996 Summer Olympics. Yet the reality is that the exceptional growth of the region over the last twenty years has exacerbated inequality, particularly for African Americans. Atlanta, the city of Martin Luther King, Jr., remains one of the most segregated cities in the United States.
Despite African American success in winning the mayor's office and control of the City Council, development plans have remained in the control of private business interests. Keating tells a number of troubling stories. The development of the Underground Atlanta, the construction of the rapid rail system (MARTA), the building of a new stadium for the Braves, the redevelopment of public housing, and the arrangements for the Olympic Games all share a lack of democratic process. Business and political elites ignored protests from neighborhood groups, the interests of the poor, and the advice of planners.
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The author offers some rare insights and revelations into underlying politics and economic decision making in Atlanta that are as, actually more, relevant since the real estate and financial crisis, which hit Atlanta harder than other cities because it's boom has been more real estate dependent. I'd like to see him update many of the same data to see if/how they have changed. For example I am curious to see if the suburban sprawl continues, whether densities and occupancies have shifted, changes in theracial and class differences on the same measues, effect of increases in immigrant labor force and have they decreased. This is the sort of book that the public needs updated every 10 years.
Review: Atlanta: Race, Class And Urban ExpansionUser Review - Laura - Goodreads
The title pretty well captures the content. Keating, a Ga. Tech professor of city and regional planning, is highly critical of the way Atlanta's city government and business community have dealt with the inner city African American population in the post WWII period. Read full review