Urban Neighborhoods In A New Era: Revitalization Politics In The Postindustrial City

Paperback | September 18, 2015

byClarence N. Stone, Robert P. Stoker, John Betancur

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For decades, North American cities racked by deindustrialization and population loss have followed one primary path in their attempts at revitalization: a focus on economic growth in downtown and business areas. Neighborhoods, meanwhile, have often been left severely underserved. There are, however, signs of change. This collection of studies by a distinguished group of political scientists and urban planning scholars offers a rich analysis of the scope, potential, and ramifications of a shift still in progress. Focusing on neighborhoods in six cities—Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Toronto—the authors show how key players, including politicians and philanthropic organizations, are beginning to see economic growth and neighborhood improvement as complementary goals. The heads of universities and hospitals in central locations also find themselves facing newly defined realities, adding to the fluidity of a new political landscape even as structural inequalities exert a continuing influence.

While not denying the hurdles that community revitalization still faces, the contributors ultimately put forth a strong case that a more hospitable local milieu can be created for making neighborhood policy. In examining the course of experiences from an earlier period of redevelopment to the present postindustrial city, this book opens a window on a complex process of political change and possibility for reform.

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For decades, North American cities racked by deindustrialization and population loss have followed one primary path in their attempts at revitalization: a focus on economic growth in downtown and business areas. Neighborhoods, meanwhile, have often been left severely underserved. There are, however, signs of change. This collection of ...

Clarence N. Stone is research professor of public policy and political science at George Washington University in Washington, DC, where Robert P. Stoker is associate professor of political science and a member of the faculty of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.  

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:September 18, 2015Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Tables

Preface, by Clarence N. Stone

List of Abbreviations

One / Change Afoot
Martin Horak, Juliet Musso, Ellen Shiau, Robert P. Stoker, and Clarence N. Stone

Two / Contexts for Neighborhood Revitalization: A Comparative Overview
Harold Wolman and Martin Horak, with the assistance of Camille A. Sola and Diana Hincapie

Three / Neighborhood Policy in Baltimore: The Postindustrial Turn
Robert P. Stoker, Clarence N. Stone, and Donn Worgs

Four / Standing in Two Worlds: Neighborhood Policy, the Civic Arena, and Ward-Based Politics in Chicago
John Betancur, Karen Mossberger, and Yue Zhang

Five / Professionalized Government: Institutionalizing the New Politics in Phoenix
Marilyn Dantico and James Svara

Six / City Fragmentation and Neighborhood Connections: The Political Dynamics of Community Revitalization in Los Angeles
Ellen Shiau, Juliet Musso, and Jefferey M. Sellers

Seven / The New Politics in a Postindustrial City: Intersecting Policies in Denver
Susan E. Clarke

Eight / Policy Shift without Institutional Change: The Precarious Place of Neighborhood Revitalization in Toronto
Martin Horak and Aaron Alexander Moore

Nine / Contending with Structural Inequality in a New Era
Robert P. Stoker, Clarence N. Stone, and Martin Horak

References
List of Coauthors
Index

Editorial Reviews

 “A diverse picture of efforts to overcome poverty. . . . Power is less concentrated than in previous decades, compelling neighborhoods to seek political and financial resources close at hand. The best prospects lie in the political mobilization of each community to formulate an agenda and assert its concerns in the arenas of city government and institutional life.  The case studies offer instructive examples of this occurring in some places, but many areas of distress and deterioration remain. . . . Recommended.”