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Overview

"This book is both an inspiring account of public interest law at its best and a sobering assessment of how 'the soul of suburbia' continues to resist social justice. . . . an unexpectedly moving account of hope, idealism, and intelligence."
--The New York Times Book Review

"A well-written, exhaustively researched account of the legal battle to open New Jersey's suburbs to the poor . . . The authors actually took the time to talk to the lawyers and litigants on both sides of the controversy. Their chronicle of the legal developments is informed, and much improved, by the flesh-and-blood stories of those who actually lived the case. . . . a cautionary and inspiring tale."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer

"The authors of Our Town in particular enable readers to see historical continuity in legal and popular discussions of race, realism, and housing patterns in American society. Our Town also explores the challenges to public policy raised by the existence of residential segregation patterns."
--The Nation

"[This book] is valuable both as a case study of judicial activism and its consequences and as a detailed anaylsis of suburban attitudes regarding race, class, and property."
--Urban Affairs Review

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Editorial Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer
A well-written, exhaustively researched account of the legal battle to open New Jersey's suburbs to the poor... The authors actually took the time to talk to the lawyers and litigants on both sides of the controversy. Their chronicle of the legal developments is informed, and much improved, by the flesh and blood stories of those who actually lived the case... a cautionary and inspiring tale." -
New York Times Book Review
This book is both an inspiring account of public interest law at its best and a sobering assessment of how 'the should of suburbia' continues to resist social justice... an unexpectedly moving account of hope, idealism, and intelligence." -
Nation
The authors of Our Town in particular enable readers to see historical continuity and discontinuity in legal and popular discussions of race, racism, and housing patterns in American society. Our Town also explores the challenges to public policy raised by the existence of residential segregation patterns.
Urban Affairs Review
[This book] is valuable both as a case study of judicial activism and its consequences and as a detailed analysis of suburban attitudes regarding race, class, and property.
Murray L. Katcher
The book is a clearly written primer on guns and ammunition and examines the public health policy implications of these consumer products and the injury and death that they cause. The epidemiology, mechanisms, costs, and means for prevention and reducing injury and death from guns are discussed. It is a valuable resource for those involved in protecting the health of the public and in creating a safer America." - Murray L. Katcher, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Pediatrics and of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin Medical School.
Susan Scavo Gallagher
An extremely informative guide that expands the focus on firearms and the criminal justice field to approaches based on the science of injury control. A must for public health and mental health professionals dealing with violence and suicide prevention." - Susan Scavo Gallagher, M.P.H., Education Development Center, Inc.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Beginning with the development of Camden, New Jersey, the authors, professors of public policy and law (Univ. of California-Berkeley), examine the politics of land-use regulation and its impact on poor and black residents. It becomes abundantly clear why urban renewal in the 1960s and 1970s was frequently called "Negro removal." Their analysis focuses on the legal battle that developed as suburban development threatened black and poor residents of the nearby community of Mount Laurel. The Mount Laurel cases are traced through state and federal courts and assessed in terms of their encouragement of fair housing policies and discouragement of exclusionary zoning. This book is rich in detail and offers important insights into the politics of urban development and its impact on poorer residents. It will be invaluable to specialists in urban studies and planning and a fascinating read for others knowledgeable about urban politics and civil rights.-William Waugh Jr., Georgia State Univ., Atlanta
Murray L. Katcher
"The book is a clearly written primer on guns and ammunition and examines the public health policy implications of these consumer products and the injury and death that they cause. The epidemiology, mechanisms, costs, and means for prevention and reducing injury and death from guns are discussed. It is a valuable resource for those involved in protecting the health of the public and in creating a safer America." - Murray L. Katcher, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Pediatrics and of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin Medical School.
Susan Scavo Gallagher
"An extremely informative guide that expands the focus on firearms and the criminal justice field to approaches based on the science of injury control. A must for public health and mental health professionals dealing with violence and suicide prevention." - Susan Scavo Gallagher, M.P.H., Education Development Center, Inc.
Philadelphia Inquirer

A wellûwritten, exhaustively researched account of the legal battle to open New JerseyÆs suburbs to the poor . . . The authors actually took the time to talk to the lawyers and litigants on both sides of the controversy. Their chronicle of the legal developments is informed, and much improved, by the fleshûandûblood stories of those who actually lived the case. . . . a cautionary and inspiring tale.
Nation

The authors of Our Town in particular enable readers to see historical continuity and discontinuity in legal and popular discussions of race, racism, and housing patterns in American society. Our Town also explores the challenges to public policy raised by the existence of residential segregation patterns.
New York Times Book Review

This book is both an inspiring account of public interest law at its best and a sobering assessment of how æthe soul of suburbiaæ continues to resist social justice. . . . an unexpectedly moving account of hope, idealism, and intelligence.
Urban Affairs Review

[This book] is valuable both as a case study of judicial activism and its consequences and as a detailed analysis of suburban attitudes regarding race, class, and property.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813524566
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author


DAVID L. KIRP, a professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of Just Schools: Race and Schooling in America, Gender Justice, and Learning by Heart: AIDS and Schoolchildren in America's Communities (Rutgers University Press), and a regular contributor to Harper's, The Nation, the Atlantic Monthly, and the New York Times.

JOHN P. DWYER , John H. Boalt professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley, is a nationally recognized authority on environmental law and housing policy and law.

LARRY A. ROSENTHAL is an attorney and has served as a lecturer in the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and assistant editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

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