How East New York Became a Ghetto

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NYU Press, 2003 - History - 304 pages
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In response to the riots of the mid-‘60s, Walter Thabit was hired to work with the community of East New York to develop a plan for low- and moderate-income public housing. In the years that followed, he experienced first-hand the forces that had engineered East New York’s dramatic decline and that continued to work against its successful revitalization. How East New York Became a Ghetto describes the shift of East New York from a working-class immigrant neighborhood to a largely black and Puerto Rican neighborhood and shows how the resulting racially biased policies caused the deterioration of this once flourishing area.

A clear-sighted, unflinching look at one ghetto community, How East New York Became a Ghetto provides insights and observations on the histories and fates of ghettos throughout the United States.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Welcome to East New York
7
The Population Wave
23
The Ghettoization of East New York
37
Destruction of the Target Area
55
The Uniformed and Other Services
70
The Youth of East New York
83
Vest Pocket Planning
101
The Model Cities Fiasco
138
East New York under Siege
169
The FHA Scandals
178
The Community School Board Disaster
188
Rebuilding in East New York
205
The Hard Road to Recovery
228
Policing the Ghetto
247
About the Author
304

Vest Pocket Implementation
122

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Walter Thabit has 35 years of experience in housing, renewal, community planning, city planning, and anti-poverty projects. He lives in New York City.

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