Urban America: Growth, Crisis, and Rebirth

Urban America: Growth, Crisis, and Rebirth

by John F. McDonald
     
 

ISBN-10: 0765618060

ISBN-13: 9780765618061

Pub. Date: 01/15/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book will change the way Americans think about their cities. It provides a comprehensive economic and social history of urban America since 1950, covering the 29 largest urban areas of that period. Specifically, the book covers 17 cities in the Northeast, 6 in the South, and 6 in the West, decade by decade, with extensive data and historical narrative. The

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This book will change the way Americans think about their cities. It provides a comprehensive economic and social history of urban America since 1950, covering the 29 largest urban areas of that period. Specifically, the book covers 17 cities in the Northeast, 6 in the South, and 6 in the West, decade by decade, with extensive data and historical narrative. The author divides his analysis into three periods - urban growth (1950 to 1970), urban crisis (late 1960s to 1990), and urban rebirth (since 1990). He draws on the concepts of the vicious circle and the virtuous circle to offer the first in-depth explanation for the transition from urban crisis to urban rebirth that took place in the early 1990s. "Urban America" is both a message of hope and a call to action for students and professionals in urban studies. It will inspire readers to concentrate on finding ways and means to ensure that the urban rebirth will continue.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765618061
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/15/2008
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


List of Tables     ix
Preface     xiii
Introduction     xv
Urban America in 1950
Urban Areas of the Northeast     3
Urban Areas of the Sunbelt, Before Air Conditioning     29
An American Dilemma in 1950     43
Urban Growth and Prosperity: 1950-1970
The Industrial Northeast and the Great Migration     65
The New Sunbelt Takes Off     76
Suburbanization: 1950-1970     85
Signs of Trouble Ahead     105
August 1965     134
The Years of Urban Crisis
The Great Society and the Urban Riots     143
Urban Employment Trends in the Northeast     155
Urban Growth in the Sunbelt: 1970-1990     185
New Urban Scholarship     205
The Vicious Circle in Urban America     221
The Rebirth of Urban America After 1990
Rebirth in America's Cities     247
Urban Rebirth in the Northeast: 1990-2000     266
Urban Growth and Rebirth in the Sunbelt     294
Trends After 2000: What Is Next for Urban America?     306
Bibliography     323
Index     329
About the Author     377

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