The Future Once Happened Here: New York, D.C., L.A., and the Fate of America's Big Cities

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Encounter Books, 2000 - Political Science - 314 pages
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Not just metropolises but also metaphors for American social life, New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles were once celebrated for their excitement and creativity as well as their ability to incorporate immigrants and solve the nation's problems. Caught up in the social policies born in the '60s and '70s, each faltered badly in dealing with the politics of race and the quality of their residents' lives in the '80s and '90s. Each of Siegel's three urban portraits shows the desperate remedies undertaken by cities searching for a lifeline back to the future whose promise they once seemed to embody. In a narrative that acknowledges the large historical forces that have remade the face of America over the last three decades, Siegel holds up a mirror to our urban nature and tells much about the way people live now.
 

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THE FUTURE ONCE HAPPENED HERE: New York, D.C., L.A., and the Fate of America's Big Cities

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A partisan yet sometimes penetrating analysis of urban America's decline. Siegel (History/Cooper Union) argues that ``policy wagers'' made in the 1960s have wreaked havoc in New York, Washington, D.C ... Read full review

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Siegel, a processor of history at Cooper Union and a Senior Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, here offers a provocative perspective on big-city politics, suggesting that a "riot ideology" of ... Read full review

Contents

The Riot Ideology
1
NEW YORK
17
The New Deal City
19
The Ocean HillBrownsville Kulturkampf
37
The Welfare Explosion
53
THE DISTRICT OFCOLUMBIA
73
SNCC in Power
75
The Great Society City
95
Reconquista?
169
Secession?
183
BACK TO THE FUTURE
195
The Moral Deregulation ofPublic Space
197
The Politics of Public Order
209
Mining for Fools Gold
231
The Rudy Deal
251
After the Revolution
271

Marion Builds His Machine
101
DC Denouement
115
LOS ANGELES
131
The Capitalist Dynamo
133
Police Politics
143
The Centrifugal City
153
By Way of a Conclusion
281
Afterword
293
Acknowledgments
301
Index
303
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