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Overview

This collection of seminal articles will introduce undergraduate students to the interdisciplinary field of urban studies and urban affairs. It investigates a variety of areas including: cities and urbanism, urban history, urban policy, economic development, community development, community services and infrastructure, housing, urban education and growth. Each section of the collection is introduced by a leading figure in the field. This well- integrated and accessible book will be a useful introductory text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803956377
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/29/1994
  • Pages: 552

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Original Sources
Introduction
1 Apprehending the City: The View From Above, Below, and Behind 13
2 Urbanism and Urbanity: Cities in an Urban-Dominated Society 31
3 The Citizenships: Local, State, and National 41
4 The Origins of the American Urban System: Historical Accident and Initial Advantage 64
5 The Enduring Ghetto: Urbanization and the Color Line in American History 72
6 Urban Policy Revisited: Issues Resurface With a New Urgency 91
7 Urban Policies and Urban Impacts After Reagan 110
8 National Urban Policy and the Local State: Paradoxes of Meaning, Action, and Consequences 119
9 People Versus Places: The Dream Will Never Die 137
10 The Next Wave: Postfederal Local Economic Development Strategies 154
11 Equity and Local Economic Development 170
12 The Politics of Economic Development Policy 184
13 Women-Owned Businesses: Dimensions and Policy Issues 202
14 A Community Services Budget: Public, Private, and Third-Sector Roles in Urban Services 234
15 Infrastructure Policy: Repetitive Studies, Uneven Response, Next Steps 247
16 Needed: A Marshall Plan for Ourselves 264
17 Government and Neighborhoods: Programs Promoting Community Development 285
18 Neighborhoods and Public-Private Partnerships in Pittsburgh 300
19 Neighborhood Associations: Their Issues, Their Allies, and Their Opponents 328
20 The Limits of Localism: Progressive Housing Policies in Boston, 1984-1989 360
21 Local Government Support for Nonprofit Housing: A Survey of U.S. Cities 382
22 The Growth Machine Versus the Antigrowth Coalition: The Battle for Our Communities 409
23 Growth Politics and Downtown Development: The Economic Imperative in Sunbelt Cities 428
24 Improving Urban Schools in the Age of "Restructuring" 454
25 Visions of America in the 1990s and Beyond: Negotiating Cultural Diversity and Educational Change 466
26 The Evolution of a University/Inner-City School Partnership: A Case Study Account 471
27 Race, Urban Politics, and Educational Policy Making in Washington, DC: A Community's Struggle for Quality Education 479
Concluding Comments 494
Name Index 500
Subject Index 510
About the Contributors 521
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