Transforming Race and Class in Suburbia: Decline in Metropolitan Baltimore

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Palgrave Macmillan, May 15, 2008 - Social Science - 227 pages

Just as the nation witnessed the widespread decay of urban centers, there is a mounting suburban crisis in first-tier suburbs--the early suburbs to develop in metropolitan America. These places, once the bastion of a large middle class, have matured and experienced three decades of social and economic decline. In the first comprehensive analysis of suburban decline for an entire region, Vicino uses Baltimore as an illustrative case to chronicle how first-tier suburbs experienced widespread decline while outer suburbs flourished since the 1970s. At the brink of the twenty-first century, Vicino illustrates how the processes of deindustrialization, racial diversity, and class segregation have shaped the evolution of suburban decline.

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Thomas J. Vicino is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University in Boston, where he is also affiliated with the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy and the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. Vicino specializes in the political economy of cities and suburbs, focusing on issues of economic development, housing, and demographics. His recent work appears in peer-reviewed journals such as Urban Studies, Urban Geography, and The International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. He serves on the Executive Council of the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, and he is an active member of the Urban Affairs Association and Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. He holds a Ph.D. and M.P.P. from the University of Maryland Graduate School, Baltimore.

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