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This book brings together key essays that seek to expand our understanding of the role of government in shaping cities and metropolitan regions; the costs and consequences of uneven urban and regional growth potterns; suburban sprawl and public health, transportation, and economic development; and the enduring connection of place, space, and race in the era of increased globalization. Whether intended or unintended, many government policies have aided and in some cases subsidized suburban sprawl, job flight, and spatial mismatch; concentrated urban poverty; and heightened racial and economic disparities.
Written mostly by African-American scholars, the chapters in this book describe the challenges facing cities, suburbs, and metropolitan regions as they seek to address continuing and emerging patterns of racial polarization in the twenty-first century. The book clearly shows that the United States entered the new millennium as one of the wealthiest and most powerful nations on Earth. Yet amid this prosperity, our nation is faced with some of the same challenges that confronted it at the beginning of the twentieth century, including rising inequality in income, wealth, and opportunity; economic restructuring; immigration pressures and ethnic tension; and a widening gap between "haves" and "have nots." Clearly, race matters. Place also matters. Where we live impacts the quality of our lives and chances for the "good life."
About the Author:
Robert D. Bullard is the Ware Distinguished Professor of Sociology and director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
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Table of Contents
Foreword Carl Anthony vii
Introduction: The Significance of Race and Place Robert D. Bullard 1
The Black Metropolis in the Era of Sprawl Robert D. Bullard 17
Structural Racism and Spatial Jim Crow John a. powell 41
Residential Apartheid American Style Joe T. Darden 67
Dilemma of Place and Suburbanization of the Black Middle Class Sheryll Cashin 87
Walling In or Walling Out: Gated Communities Edward J. Blakely Thomas W. Sanchez 111
Spatial Mismatch and Job Sprawl Michael A. Stoll 127
Atlanta: A Black Mecca? Robert D. Bullard Glenn S. Johnson Angel O. Torres 149
Black New Orleans: Before and After Hurricane Katrina Beverly H. Wright Robert D. Bullard 173
Health Disparities in Black Los Angeles J. Eugene Grigsby III 199
Black Political Power in the New Century David A. Bositis 221
Achieving Equitable Development Angela Glover Blackwell 243
Selected Bibliography 261
About theEditor and Contributors 279