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Gangs
Gangs (April 1993)
The Origins and Impact of Contemporary Youth Gangs in the United States
Scott Cummings - Editor
Daniel J. Monti - Editor

This book is an examination of contemporary gangs in American cities. Gangs have proliferated over the past ten years and pose a new set of challenges to public officials, law enforcement agencies, and urban educators. Most major cities are now confronted with serious problems derived from gang violence, drug traffic, and disruption of the public educational system. In the face of deindustrialization and deepening recession, many minority youngst...(Read More)
 
 
Expanding the American Dream
Expanding the American Dream (February 1993)
Building and Rebuilding Levittown
Barbara M. Kelly - Author

Much has been written about the housing policies of the Depression and the Postwar period. Much less has been written of the houses built as a result of these policies, or the lives of the families who lived in them. Using the houses of Levittown, Long Island, as cultural artifacts, this book examines the relationship between the government-sponsored, mass-produced housing built after World War II, the families who lived in it, and the society tha...(Read More)
 
 
Community versus Commodity
Community versus Commodity (February 1992)
Tenants and the American City
Stella M. Capek - Author
John I. Gilderbloom - Author

"This is a significant contribution to the literature of rental housing and of tenants as a social group. A major portion of the book is a comparison between Santa Monica where a 'rainbow coalition' of renters, seniors, environmentalists, and liberals put together an extraordinarily progressive government, and its free-enterprise antithesis, Houston. Santa Monica's success in coalition politics led to a strong rent control law, affordable housing,...(Read More)
 
 
The Fractured Metropolis
The Fractured Metropolis (July 1991)
Political Fragmentation and Metropolitan Segregation
Gregory R. Weiher - Author

"I think this book is an outstanding original interpretation of urban political and social fragmentation. The argument is elegantly expressed and tailored to its place in existing theory with exceptional clarity and skill. The field of urban politics has frequently been characterized as lacking coherent political and social theory, except perhaps, for that contributed by economists. This book runs squarely in the other direction giving considerab...(Read More)
 
 
Race, Redevelopment, and the New Company Town
Race, Redevelopment, and the New Company Town (August 1990)
Daniel J. Monti - Author

This book shows how private interests collaborated with public leaders, and often with neighborhood activists, in order to rebuild several neighborhoods comprising racially and economically-mixed populations in St. Louis. It shows that persons from different races and social classes can live together in redeveloped urban neighborhoods.

Detailed here are the politics and economics of redevelopment in what was one of the nation's most distresse...(Read More)
 
 
Revolution at the Grassroots
Revolution at the Grassroots (July 1989)
Community Organizations in the Portugese Revolution
Charles Downs - Author

"Downs' book is good both for its theoretical and its descriptive qualities. It is absorbing reading." -- Pierre Clavel

The book outlines the history of the revolutionary process at the national level and as it was experienced in one major Portuguese city. While generally little known, the achievements of grassroots organizations in Portugal far exceeded those of other developed countries, and their examination provides insights, poses impo...(Read More)
 
 
The Politics of Capital Investment
The Politics of Capital Investment (November 1988)
The Case of Philadelphia
Carolyn T. Adams - Author

This book examines both the politics and products of the public investment process in one of America's largest cities. It broadens the scope of contemporary debates on the political economy of urban development to include not only large-scale redevelopment projects, but also neighborhood facilities such as schools, parks, and libraries. Showing the share of investments that went into Philadelphia's downtown versus its residential neighborhoods from ...(Read More)
 
 
Business Elites and Urban Development
Business Elites and Urban Development (April 1988)
Case Studies and Critical Perspectives
Scott Cummings - Editor

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 t...(Read More)
 
 
Contracting Out for Human Services
Contracting Out for Human Services (June 1985)
Economic, Political, and Organizational Perspectives
Ruth H. De Hoog - Author

Contracting out for services has become a popular technique in government's perennial quest to cut spending. Yet seldom has the practice been examined from any but the public choice approach. This book explores contracting out in the important area of human services, covering the critical conditions of contracting and the vital points of politics, procedures, service quality, and effectiveness.

In doing so, DeHoog uses three theoretical per...(Read More)
 
 
Gentrification, Displacement, and Neighborhood Revitalization
Gentrification, Displacement, and Neighborhood Revitalization (June 1985)
J. John Palen - Editor
Bruce London - Editor

Bringing an empirical, objective approach to a topic that has often been the source of emotional and uninformed controversy, Gentrification, Displacement and Neighborhood Revitalization provides an introduction to major issues in urban revitalization, new research findings, and a discussion of theoretical perspectives.

This is the first broad-based survey of a scattered literature that has not been readily accessible. The book's compr...(Read More)
 
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