Comeback Cities: A Blueprint For Urban Neighborhood Revival

Comeback Cities: A Blueprint For Urban Neighborhood Revival

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Comeback Cities: A Blueprint For Urban Neighborhood Revival by Paul Grogan, Tony Proscio

Comeback Cities shows how innovative, pragmatic tactics for ameliorating the nation's urban ills have produced results beyond anyone's expectations, reawakening America's toughest neighborhoods. In the past, big government and business working separately were unable to solve the inner city crisis. Today, a blend of public-private partnerships, grassroots nonprofit organizations, and a willingness to experiment characterize what is best among the new approaches to urban problem solving. Pragmatism, not dogma, has produced the charter-school movement and the police's new focus on “quality of life” issues. The new breed of big city mayors has welcomed business back into the city, stressed performance and results at city agencies, downplayed divisive racial politics, and cracked down on symptoms of social disorder. As a consequence, America's inner cities are becoming vital communities once again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813339528
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 12/28/2001
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,367,851
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Paul Grogan has been a leader in revitalizing America's cities for over twenty years. He has directed a number of major nonprofits that channel funds to grassroots, inner-city community groups. He now serves as President of The Boston Foundation. A former associate editor of the Miami Herald, Tony Proscio is a consultant to foundations and civic organizations and a free-lance writer on urban affairs. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Argument in Brief1
The Case for a Turnaround11
1The South Bronx: From the Bottom Up15
2Mass Exit: A Vision of Urban Doom31
3A Surprising Convergence of Positives48
The Grassroots Revival63
4"We Can Sure As Hell Do Better Than This"65
Emerging Markets103
5The Credit Revolution107
6New Stores--and New Customers--on Main Street127
Public Order147
7Taking Back the Streets151
Deregulating the City175
8The Fall (and Rise) of Public Housing183
9The Schoolhouse Door Opens (a Crack)209
10Slipping the Welfare Knot225
11The "Third Way" in City Hall235
Conclusion: Seizing the Moment241
Note on Sources269
Selected Bibliography273

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