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Business Elites and Urban Development
Case Studies and Critical Perspectives
Business Elites and Urban Development
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Scott Cummings - Editor
SUNY series in Urban Public Policy
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Hardcover - 395 pages
Release Date: April 1988
ISBN10: 0-88706-577-5
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-577-4

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Paperback - 395 pages
Release Date: April 1988
ISBN10: 0-88706-578-3
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-578-1

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Summary

Written in a non-technical, narrative style, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone concerned with current trends in urban development. During the Reagan era, responsibility for urban planning and development was transferred from government to private business. This private sector hegemony over urban development differs markedly from the liberal policy initiatives of the 1960s and 1970s. Through a series of case studies, this book examines these shifting trends and shows that private sector efforts to revitalize America's central cities have not been uniformly successful. The contributors, who are among America's leading social scientists, utilize neo-Marxist urban theory to explain the conditions under which private initiative enhances or erodes downtown redevelopment.

“The book is useful both as a reference on a variety of development issues and as a source of arresting case studies of the development experience. It shows how and why investment decisions driven by the private market lead neither to economic security nor to a high quality of urban life.” — Clarence N. Stone, University of Maryland

“It provides concrete examples of the 'real world' manifestations of some of the key forces which the new political economy says shape urban development.” — Richard Rich, Virginia Tech

“This kind of fresh material is scarce. I like the myriad aspects of public and private sector influence: arts, sports, government subsidies and regulation, and so on. These perspectives are diverse, yet cohesive in their mutuality.”
— Dennis E. Gale, George Washington University

Scott Cummings is Professor and Associate Dean of Urban Affairs at the University of Louisville.


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Table of Contents

Contributors

Introduction

1. Private Enterprise and Public Policy: Business Hegemony in the Metropolis

SCOTT CUMMINGS

Part One: Business Elites and the Growth Agenda

2. Strategies and Constraints of Growth Elites

HARVEY MOLOTCH

3. The Role of the Performing Arts in Urban Competition and Growth

J. ALLEN WHITT

4. Public Investment in Private Businesses: The Professional Sports Mania

MARK S. ROSENTRAUB

5. Public Policy and Private Benefits: The Case of Industrial Revenue Bonds

THOMAS S. MOORE and GREGORY D. SQUIRES

Part Two: Business Elites and Local Government

6. Urban Populism, Uneven Development, and the Space for Reform

TODD SWANSTROM

7. Municipal Code Enforcement and Urban Development:Private Decisions and Public Policy in an American City

SCOTT CUMMINGS and EDMOND SNIDER

8. Chicago's North Loop Redevelopment Project: A Growth Machine on Hold

LARRY BENNETT, KATHLEEN MCCOURT, PHILIP W. NYDEN, and GREGORY D. SQUIRES

Part Three: The Social Costs of Urban Growth and Decline

9. Tallying the Social Costs of Urban Growth Under Capitalism: The Case of Houston

JOE R. FEAGIN

10. Downriver: Deindustrialization in Southwest Detroit

RICHARD CHILD HILL and MICHAEL INDERGAARD

11. Disinvestment and Economic Decline in Northeastern Pennsylvania: The Failures of a Local Business Elite's Growth Agenda

THOMAS J. KEIL

Part Four: Downtown Prosperity and Neighborhood Poverty

12. Urban Democracy and the Power of Corporate Capital: Struggles over Downtown Growth and Neighborhood Stagnation in Hartford, Connecticut

KENNETH J. NEUBECK and RICHARD E. RATCLIFF

13. Fiscal and Developmental Crises in Black Suburbs

JOHN R. LOGAN

14. The Limits to Neighborhood Power: Progressive Politics and Local Control in Santa Monica

DAVID S. DAYKIN

Index


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