Defending Community: The Struggle for Alternative Redevelopment in Cedar-Riverside

Defending Community: The Struggle for Alternative Redevelopment in Cedar-Riverside

by Randy Stoecker

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Randy Stoecker's intimate biography of Cedar-Riverside, nationally known for a period as "the Haight-Ashbury of the Mid-West," contains important lessons about the conflicts between the needs of capitalism and the needs of community. While attending graduate school at the University of Minnesota, the author moved to Cedar-Riverside, a Minneapolis neighborhood known for its determination to enact values of peace, justice, wholeness, participation, and community in its truest sense. There he experienced first-hand the clashes between a radical community and state-backed urban developers.

His narrative tells the story of a community that overcame the odds against its own survival. Slated for total demolition, the neighborhood was saved by a powerful grass-roots movement. Citizens stopped a state-capital coalition from entombing the community in concrete and went on to create one of the largest community controlled urban redevelopment projects in the country After more than twenty years of struggle, Cedar-Riverside continues to experience citizen-controlled urban redevelopment on its own terms, setting an example for other communities, urban planners, and policymakers.

In the series Conflicts in Urban and Regional Development, edited by John R. Logan and Todd Swanstrom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439904206
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 06/18/2010
Series: Conflicts In Urban & Regional
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 328
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Randy Stoecker is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toledo.

Table of Contents

Map of Cedar-Riverside
1. Capital, Community, and Cedar-Riverside: An Overview
2. Capital Invades Cedar-Riverside
3. A New Community Forms Against the New Town
4. Building on Community: Organizing the Resistance
5. The Growth Coalition Falters
6. Building the Foundation for Community-Based Development
7. The Struggle Within
8. The Role of Community in Urban Insurgency
9. The Limits and the Potential of Community Control of Urban Redevelopment
10. The Legacy of Cedar-Riverside
Appendix: Interviewees and Interviews
Bibliography of Newspapers and Newsletters

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