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Driving Detroit: The Quest for Respect in the Motor City (Metropolitan Portraits)

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In 1997, after General Motors shuttered a massive complex of factories in the gritty industrial city of Flint, Michigan, signs were placed around the empty facility reading, andldquo;Demolition Means Progress,andrdquo; suggesting that the struggling metropolis could not move forward to greatness until the old plants met the wrecking ball. Much more than a trite corporate slogan, the phrase encapsulates the operating ethos of the nationandrsquo;s metropolitan leadership from at least the 1930s to the present. Throughout, the leaders of Flint and other municipalities repeatedly tried to revitalize their communities by demolishing outdated and inefficient structures and institutions and overseeing numerous urban renewal campaignsandmdash;many of which yielded only more impoverished and more divided metropolises. After decades of these efforts, the dawn of the twenty-first century found Flint one of the most racially segregated and economically polarized metropolitan areas in the nation.

In one of the most comprehensive works yet written on the history of inequality and metropolitan development in modern America, Andrew R. Highsmith uses the case of Flint to explain how the perennial quest for urban renewalandmdash;even more than white flight, corporate abandonment, and other forcesandmdash;contributed to mass suburbanization, racial and economic division, deindustrialization, and political fragmentation. Challenging much of the conventional wisdom about structural inequality and the roots of the nationandrsquo;s andldquo;urban crisis,andrdquo; Demolition Means Progress shows in vivid detail how public policies and programs designed to revitalize the Flint area ultimately led to the hardening of social divisions.

About the Author

Andrew R. Highsmith is assistant professor of public administration and an affiliated faculty member in history and urban and regional planning at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Tables

List of Abbreviations

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Introduction

Part Iand#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Company Town

1 City Building and Boundary Making

2and#160; From Community Education to Neighborhood Schools

3 Jim Crow, GM Crow

4 Suburban Renewal

5 The Metropolitan Moment

Part IIand#160;and#160;and#160; Fractured Metropolis

6 andldquo;Our City Believes in Lily-White Neighborhoodsandrdquo;

7 Jim Crow in the Era of Civil Rights

8 Suburban Crisis

9 The Battle over School Desegregation

10 andldquo;The Fall of Flintandrdquo;

Epilogue andldquo;America Is a Thousand Flintsandrdquo;

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Acknowledgments

Abbreviations in the Notes

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812244298
Author:
Galster, George
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press
Author:
Galster, George C.
Author:
Highsmith, Andrew R.
Subject:
Americana-General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Historical Studies of Urban America
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
35 halftones, 17 maps, 3 tables
Pages:
398
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Americana » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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