Race, Real Estate, and Uneven Development: The Kansas City Experience, 1900-2000 / Edition 1

Race, Real Estate, and Uneven Development: The Kansas City Experience, 1900-2000 / Edition 1

by Kevin Fox Gotham
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791453782

ISBN-13: 9780791453780

Pub. Date: 07/18/2002

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Traditional explanations of metropolitan development and urban racial segregation have emphasized the role of consumer demand and market dynamics. In Race, Real Estate, and Uneven Development: The Kansas City Experience, 1900-2000, Kevin Fox Gotham reexamines the assumptions behind these explanations and offers a provocative new thesis. Using the Kansas City…  See more details below

Overview

Traditional explanations of metropolitan development and urban racial segregation have emphasized the role of consumer demand and market dynamics. In Race, Real Estate, and Uneven Development: The Kansas City Experience, 1900-2000, Kevin Fox Gotham reexamines the assumptions behind these explanations and offers a provocative new thesis. Using the Kansas City metropolitan area as a case study, Gotham provides both quantitative and qualitative documentation of the role of the real estate industry and the Federal Housing Administration, demonstrating how these institutions have promulgated racial residential segregation and uneven development. Gotham challenges contemporary explanations while providing fresh insights into the racialization of metropolitan space, the interlocking dimensions of class and race in metropolitan development, and the importance of analyzing housing as a system of social stratification.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791453780
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/18/2002
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
1Race, Real Estate, and Uneven Development: An Introduction1
Housing as a System of Social Stratification5
Race, Racism, and Racialization11
Metropolitan Kansas City: An Overview14
Constructing a Segregated Metropolis22
2The Racialization of Space: Restrictive Covenants and the Origins of Racial Residential Segregation27
The Great Migration and the Rise of the Modern Real Estate Industry33
Racial Restrictive Covenants and the Real Estate Industry37
The Legacy of Racial Restrictive Covenants46
3Federal Government, Community Builders, and the Development of the Modern Mortgage System49
The Housing Act of 1934 and the Creation of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA)53
Community Builders and the FHA57
Racial Conflict and the Defense of Racial Space63
4Urban Renewal, Public Housing, and Downtown Redevelopment71
A Housing Program for Slum Clearance74
Local Implementation and Dislocating Effects78
Explaining Postwar Urban Redevelopment85
5Building the Troost Wall: School Segregation, Blockbusting, and the Racial Transition of the Southeast Area91
Racial Population Change in Southeast Kansas City, 1950-197594
School Segregation and Neighborhood Racial Transition99
Blockbusting and Panic Selling103
The Legacy of School Desegregation and Blockbusting116
6The Struggle for Fair Housing121
Fair Housing and the Conflict over "Rights"124
Housing Act of 1968 and the Section 235 Program127
Federal Housing Policy Retrenchment in the Post-Civil Rights Era138
Fair Housing in Retrospect140
Conclusions143
Notes157
References175
Index195

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