How East New York Became a Ghetto

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NYU Press, Apr 1, 2005 - Political Science - 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

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
Vest Pocket Implementation
122
East New York under Siege
169
The Community School Board Disaster
188
Rebuilding in East New York
205
The Hard Road to Recovery
228
Policing the Ghetto
247
Epilogue
271
Index
293
Copyright

The Model Cities Fiasco
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About the author (2005)

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

Frances Fox Piven is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Graduate School, City University of New York. She is coeditor of Work, Welfare and Politics. Her other award-winning books include Regulating the Poor, Why Americans Don't Vote, and Poor People's Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail (all with Richard Cloward).

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