The Boston Renaissance: Race, Space, and Economic Change in an American Metropolis

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Economists from universities in the area describe how Boston has been transformed since the 1970s from a high-profile casualty of manufacturing decline, depopulation, and combustible ethnic tensions to a confident, multicultural metropolis at the forefront of high-tech industry and high-end services. They proclaim that an economy once based on factories and textile mills now owes its strength to universities, hospitals, microelectronics, and business services; that most of the industries are tucked into the suburbs; and that new immigrants to the center city have effaced traditional ethnic neighborhoods The CiP shows the ISBN as 0-87154-808-9. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Since the 1950s, the state of American cities has preoccupied the public imagination. But how much of what is reported in the media comes in the form of presumption, sweeping generalization or conjecture? One in a series of volumes examining a broad range of U.S. cities, this book offers an in-depth look at the enormous changes that have occurred in Boston, Mass., since the 1970s (when the city was rated the lowest on a Brookings Institution study for cities in distress). Carefully detailing how Boston regained healthy levels of employment, housing and family income in the 1990s--while experiencing the "growing dominance of high technology" and a decline in blue-collar jobs--Bluestone and Stevenson chart how the city's radically shifting economic base has affected families, racial and ethnic minorities, women, schools, property distribution and the labor market. Using charts, statistical analysis and reports from both the private and public sectors, the authors paint a graphic, detailed portrait of a city in flux. They discuss, among other topics, how class tensions in the post-Civil War era affected housing stock, the effect of unemployment on minority women and the correlation of high school education to hourly wage rates and job opportunities, and they effectively map the impact of major social and racial changes on this urban environment. (June) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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The Boston Renaissance: Race, Space, And Economic Change In An American Metropolis is the detailed story of how Boston was transformed from a city with declining manufacturing base, depopulation, and racial unrest back in the 1970s, to the confident, multicultural, high-tech industry oriented, prosperous cosmopolitan city it is today. The authors draw upon a wide variety of historical and contemporary resources to explain Boston's impressive rebirth and redevelopment, and vastly improved ethnic and racial co-existence. Still very much a work in progress, Boston's story could well serve as a template for other troubled communities, large and small, anywhere within the confines of the United States as we progress through the first decade of a new century.
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