Comeback Cities: A Blueprint for Urban Neighborhood Revival

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Basic Books, 2000 - Political Science - 285 pages
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Comeback Cities shows how innovative, pragmatic tactics for ameliorating the nation’s urban ills have produced results beyond anyone’s expectations, reawakening America’s toughest neighborhoods. In the past, big government and business working separately were unable to solve the inner city crisis. Today, a blend of public-private partnerships, grassroots nonprofit organizations, and a willingness to experiment characterize what is best among the new approaches to urban problem solving. Pragmatism, not dogma, has produced the charter-school movement and the police’s new focus on “quality of life” issues. The new breed of big city mayors has welcomed business back into the city, stressed performance and results at city agencies, downplayed divisive racial politics, and cracked down on symptoms of social disorder. As a consequence, America’s inner cities are becoming vital communities once again.
  

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Review: Comeback Cities: A Blueprint For Urban Neighborhood Revival

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For an urban geek like me, nirvana. Read full review

Review: Comeback Cities: A Blueprint For Urban Neighborhood Revival

User Review  - Jessi - Goodreads

This is a thought-provoking book in its conclusions. Especially when Grogan about the Community Reinvestment Act and the ways in which corporate America has helped to foster urban development. This ... Read full review

Contents

The Argument In Brief
2
The Case for a Turnaround
12
The South Bronx From the Bottom Up
16
Mass Exit A Vision of Urban Doom
32
A Surprising Convergence of Positives
49
The Grassroots Revival
64
We Can Sure As Hell Do Better Than This
66
Emerging Markets
104
Taking Back the Streets
152
The Fall and Rise of Public Housing
184
The Schoolhouse Door Opens a Crack
210
Slipping the Welfare Knot
226
The Third Way in City Hall
236
Seizing the Moment
242
Note on Sources
270
Selected Bibliography
274

The Credit Revolution
108
New Storesand New Customerson Main Street
128
Public Order
148

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About the author (2000)

Paul Grogan has been a leader in revitalizing America's cities for over twenty years. He has directed a number of major nonprofits that channel funds to grassroots, inner-city community groups. He now serves as President of The Boston Foundation. A former associate editor of the Miami Herald, Tony Proscio is a consultant to foundations and civic organizations and a free-lance writer on urban affairs. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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