Synopses & Reviews
Since the 1950s and the advance of urban renewal, local governments and urban policy have focused heavily on the central business district. Today, promoters of downtown development still emphasize office and retail expansion, convention centers, sports arenas, festival market places, and tourist attractions. But, as the authors of this volume demonstrate, such development has all but ignored the inner-city neighborhoods that continue to struggle in the shadows of high-rise America.
Revitalizing Urban Neighborhoods addresses that alarming oversight. This up-to-date analysis of urban neighborhoods in the United States from 1960 to 1995 presents fifteen original and thought-provoking essays by many of the leading scholars of urban planning and development. Together they show how urban neighborhoods can and must be preserved as economic, cultural, and political centers.
In this unique resource, the authors examine the growth and evolution of urban neighborhoods; illustrate what approaches have and haven't worked in a number of U.S. cities, including Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Boston, and Minneapolis; investigate the expansion and widespread successes of Community Development Corporations in neighborhoods around the country; provide a comprehensive analysis of federal policies; and discuss the prospects of urban neighborhoods from a realistic perspective.
These authors remind us that, as Americans lead more mobile and private lives, the role of urban neighborhoods has changed dramatically in the wake of declining population, jobs, and community spirit. After reviewing these unsettling trends, they assess the current status of urban neighborhoods and revitalization projects and point the way to alternative policies.
While other works have addressed individual issues of urban revitalization, none provide the comprehensive and practical overview found in this volume. It is an invaluable source for students, educators, and practitioners of urban planning and development and anyone concerned with the prosperity of America's cities and the future of her neighborhoods.
"A comprehensive, cohesive, and up-to-date assessment of the prospects for community-led initiatives to bring about healthier, progressive cities". -- Jeffrey R. Henig, author of Neighborhood Mobilization.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 249-265) and index.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Neighborhoods in Urban America, W. Dennis Keating
Part One: The Growth and Evolution of Urban Neighborhoods
1. America's Urban Mosaic: Immigrant and Minority Neighborhoods in Cleveland, Ohio, Edward M. Miggins
2. Neighborhoods in Transition, W. Dennis Keating and Janet Smith
3. Neighborhood Organizing: The Importance of Historical Context, Robert Fisher
4. Past Federal Policy for Urban Neighborhoods, Janet Smith
Part Two: Neighborhood Decline and Attempts at Revitalization
5. Urban Politics and Progressive Housing Policy: Ray Flynn and Boston's Neighborhood Agenda, Peter Dreier
6. Social Justice and Neighborhood Revitalization in Chicago: The Era of Harold Washington, 1983-1987, Robert Giloth
7. Neighborhood Organizations and Community Planning: The Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program, Clifford Hirst
8. Los Angeles Neighborhoods Respond to Civil Unrest: Is Planning and Adequate Tool?, Jacqueline Leavitt
9. Faith-based Community Development and African-American Neighborhoods, June Manning Thomas and Reynard N. Blake, Jr.
Part Three: The Community Development Movement
10. CDCs as Agents of Neighborhood Change: The State of the Art, Avis C. Vidal
11. The Community-based Housing Movement and Progressive Local Politics, Edward G. Goetz
12. Community-based Housing Organizations and the Complexity of Community Responsiveness, Rachel G. Bratt
Profiles of Leading Neighborhood Figures
Part Four: Urban and Metropolitan
13. Metropolitan Development and Neighborhood Revitalization, Norman Krumholz
14. Friend or Foe? The Federal Government and Community Reinvestment, Gregory D. Squires
15. Neighborhood Revitalization: Future Prospects, Philip Star
References and Selected Bibliography