The New Urban Renewal: The Economic Transformation of Harlem and Bronzeville

Hardcover | September 1, 2008

byDerek S. Hyra

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Two of the most celebrated black neighborhoods in the United States—Harlem in New York City and Bronzeville in Chicago—were once plagued by crime, drugs, and abject poverty. But now both have transformed into increasingly trendy and desirable neighborhoods with old buildings being rehabbed, new luxury condos being built, and banks opening branches in areas that were once redlined. In The New Urban Renewal, Derek S. Hyra offers an illuminating exploration of the complicated web of factors—local, national, and global—driving the remarkable revitalization of these two iconic black communities.
 
How did these formerly notorious ghettos become dotted with expensive restaurants, health spas, and chic boutiques? And, given that urban renewal in the past often meant displacing African Americans, how have both neighborhoods remained black enclaves? Hyra combines his personal experiences as a resident of both communities with deft historical analysis to investigate who has won and who has lost in the new urban renewal. He discovers that today’s redevelopment affects African Americans differentially: the middle class benefits while lower-income residents are priced out. Federal policies affecting this process also come under scrutiny, and Hyra breaks new ground with his penetrating investigation into the ways that economic globalization interacts with local political forces to massively reshape metropolitan areas.

As public housing is torn down and money floods back into cities across the United States, countless neighborhoods are being monumentally altered. The New Urban Renewal is a compelling study of the shifting dynamics of class and race at work in the contemporary urban landscape.

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Two of the most celebrated black neighborhoods in the United States—Harlem in New York City and Bronzeville in Chicago—were once plagued by crime, drugs, and abject poverty. But now both have transformed into increasingly trendy and desirable neighborhoods with old buildings being rehabbed, new luxury condos being built, and banks open...

Derek S. Hyra is associate professor of urban affairs and planning at Virginia Tech. He is also an affiliated scholar of the Urban Institute, a research affiliate of the National Poverty Center, and a commissioner of the Alexandria (Virginia) Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:September 1, 2008Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments

1     Introduction
2     Building a Theoretical Framework of Urban Transformation
3     What's Globalization Got to Do with It?
4     The New Urban Renewal, Part 1: The Empowerment Zones
5     The New Urban Renewal, Part 2: Public Housing Reforms
6     City Politics and Black Protest
7     Racial-Uplift? Intra-racial Class Conflict
8     Conclusion: A revisit of Urban Theory and Policy

Appendix A: Demographic Information
Appendix B: Community Areas in New York City and Chicago
Appendix C: Public Housing Data
Appendix D: The Comparative, Vertical Ethnographic Approach
Notes
References
Index

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"New Urban Renewal greatly advances our understanding of how and why urban neighborhoods change. Both the methods and the results of this study are innovative contributions to the field of urban sociology. Through its multilayered comparative approach, New Urban Renewal reveals the global, national, and local processes responsible for transforming low-income black neighborhoods into gentrified communities. . . . It is written with clear, straightforward language that makes it easily accessible to undergraduates and of sufficient theoretical rigor to engage graduate students. [It] will be of particular value to courses, scholars, and individuals focused on community development, race and class stratification, and urban politics."