Camden After the Fall: Decline and Renewal in a Post-Industrial City / Edition 1

Camden After the Fall: Decline and Renewal in a Post-Industrial City / Edition 1

by Howard Gillette, Jr.
     
 

ISBN-10: 0812219686

ISBN-13: 9780812219685

Pub. Date: 12/01/2006

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

What prevents cities whose economies have been devastated by the flight of human and monetary capital from returning to self-sufficiency? Looking at the cumulative effects of urban decline in the classic post-industrial city of Camden, New Jersey, historian Howard Gillette, Jr., probes the interaction of politics, economic restructuring, and racial bias to evaluate

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What prevents cities whose economies have been devastated by the flight of human and monetary capital from returning to self-sufficiency? Looking at the cumulative effects of urban decline in the classic post-industrial city of Camden, New Jersey, historian Howard Gillette, Jr., probes the interaction of politics, economic restructuring, and racial bias to evaluate contemporary efforts at revitalization. In a sweeping analysis, Gillette identifies a number of related factors to explain this phenomenon, including the corrosive effects of concentrated poverty, environmental injustice, and a political bias that favors suburban amenity over urban reconstruction.

Challenging popular perceptions that poor people are responsible for the untenable living conditions in which they find themselves, Gillette reveals how the effects of political decisions made over the past half century have combined with structural inequities to sustain and prolong a city's impoverishment. Even the most admirable efforts to rebuild neighborhoods through community development and the reinvention of downtowns as tourist destinations are inadequate solutions, Gillette argues. He maintains that only a concerted regional planning response—in which a city and suburbs cooperate—is capable of achieving true revitalization. Though such a response is mandated in Camden as part of an unprecedented state intervention, its success is still not assured, given the legacy of outside antagonism to the city and its residents.

Deeply researched and forcefully argued, Camden After the Fall chronicles the history of the post-industrial American city and points toward a sustained urban revitalization strategy for the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812219685
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/2006
Series:
Politics and Culture in Modern America Series
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
599,718
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction

PART I. SHIFTING FORTUNES
Chapter 1. A City That Worked
Chapter 2. Camden Transformed

PART II. SHIFTING POWER
Chapter 3. To Save Our City
Chapter 4. From City to County: The Rise of the Suburban Power Structure

PART III. SHIFTING STRATEGY
Chapter 5. The Downtown Waterfront: Changing Camden's Image
Chapter 6. The Neighborhoods: Not by Faith Alone
Chapter 7. The Courts: Seeking Justice and Fairness

PART IV. SHIFTING PROSPECTS
Chapter 8. The Politics of Recovery
Chapter 9. Future Camden: Reinventing the City, Engaging the Region

Conclusion
Note on Sources
Notes
Index
Acknowledgments

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