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It's Hardly Sportin': Stadiums, Neighborhoods, and the New Chicago / Edition 1

It's Hardly Sportin': Stadiums, Neighborhoods, and the New Chicago / Edition 1

by Costas Spirou, Larry Bennett


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It's Hardly Sportin': Stadiums, Neighborhoods, and the New Chicago / Edition 1

Across the nation, stadiums and sports centers are a vital aspect of urban redevelopment. How do these projects affect the communities near the new facilities? Focusing on the controversies surrounding three major Chicago projects—the United Center, Comiskey Park, and lighting Wrigley Field—It's Hardly Sportin' suggests fresh ways for cities to coordinate the expansion of sports facilities with neighborhood life.

Shared interest in the home team's triumphs and tragedies can unify a city. But when disputes arise over new and improved sports stadiums, who wins and who loses at the neighborhood level? Using Chicago as a case study, Spirou and Bennett show what happens to neighborhoods when cities use sports as a strategy for revitalization. They argue that stadiums serve as effective tools for urban revitalization only if community organizations and local conditions are closely involved in the planning process. Offering provocative insights into the challenges of contemporary urban economic development, It's Hardly Sportin' calls attention to the crucial role of sports centers in American culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780875803050
Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2003
Edition description: 1
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Costas Spirou is Associate Professor and Chair of Social Science at National-Louis University.

Larry Bennett is Professor of Political Science at DePaul University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Illustrations and Maps
1. Sports-Driven Urban Redevelopment in Chicago and Beyond
2. From Urban Renewal to the City of Leisure
3. The New Comiskey Park
4. Rebuilding Comiskey Park
5. Bringing Light to Wrigley Field
6. Lake View
7. Redeveloping the Near West Side
8. Stadium Development, Three Neighborhoods, and Urban Revitalization

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