Urban Neighborhoods in a New Era: Revitalization Politics in the Postindustrial City

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For decades, North American cities racked by deindustrialization and population loss have followed one primary path in their attempts at revitalization: a focus on economic growth in downtown and business areas. Neighborhoods, meanwhile, have often been left severely underserved. There are, however, signs of change. This collection of studies by a distinguished group of political scientists and urban planning scholars offers a rich analysis of the scope, potential, and ramifications of a shift still in progress. Focusing on neighborhoods in six cities—Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Toronto—the authors show how key players, including politicians and philanthropic organizations, are beginning to see economic growth and neighborhood improvement as complementary goals. The heads of universities and hospitals in central locations also find themselves facing newly defined realities, adding to the fluidity of a new political landscape even as structural inequalities exert a continuing influence.

While not denying the hurdles that community revitalization still faces, the contributors ultimately put forth a strong case that a more hospitable local milieu can be created for making neighborhood policy. In examining the course of experiences from an earlier period of redevelopment to the present postindustrial city, this book opens a window on a complex process of political change and possibility for reform.

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1 Change Afoot Martin Horak Juliet Musso Ellen Shiau Robert P Stoker and Clarence N Stone
A Comparative Overview Harold Wolman and Martin Horak with the Assistance of Camille A Sola and Diana Hincapie
The Postindustrial Turn Robert P Stoker Clarence N Stone and Donn Worgs
Neighborhood Policy the Civic Arena and WardBased Politics in Chicago John Betancur Karen Mossberger and Yue Zhang
Institutionalizing the New Politics in Phoenix Marilyn Dantico and James Svara
The Political Dynamics of Community Revitalization in Los Angeles Ellen Shiau Juliet Musso and Jefferey M Sellers
Intersecting Policies in Denver Susan E Clarke
The Precarious Place of Neighborhood Revitalization in Toronto Martin Horak and Aaron Alexander Moore
9 Contending with Structural Inequality in a New Era Robert P Stoker Clarence N Stone and Martin Horak
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Clarence N. Stone is research professor of public policy and political science at George Washington University in Washington, DC, where Robert P. Stoker is associate professor of political science and a member of the faculty of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.

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