The Road to Resegregation: Northern California and the Failure of Politics

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Univ of California Press, Oct 9, 2018 - History - 408 pages
How could Northern California, the wealthiest and most politically progressive region in the United States, become one of the earliest epicenters of the foreclosure crisis? How could this region continuously reproduce racial poverty and reinvent segregation in old farm towns one hundred miles from the urban core?
This is the story of the suburbanization of poverty, the failures of regional planning, urban sprawl, NIMBYism, and political fragmentation between middle class white environmentalists and communities of color. As Alex Schafran shows, the responsibility for this newly segregated geography lies in institutions from across the region, state, and political spectrum, even as the Bay Area has never managed to build common purpose around the making and remaking of its communities, cities, and towns. Schafran closes the book by presenting paths toward a new politics of planning and development that weave scattered fragments into a more equitable and functional whole.

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List of Illustrations Acknowledgments
The Personal and the Political
Ghosts in the Machine
The Suburbanization of Segregation
The Postindustrial Garden
The Dougherty Valley Dilemma
The Reproduction of Babylon and the Gentrification Dilemma
Silicon San Francisco and the West Bay Wall
The Altamont Line and the Planning Dilemma
The Regionalist Dream
The Unrealized Coalition

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Alex Schafran writes about urban and regional change. Born and raised in the Bay Area, he is currently Lecturer in Urban Geography at the University of Leeds.

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