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Author Goldstein, Brian D., 1982- author
Title The roots of urban renaissance : gentrification and the struggle over Harlem / Brian D. Goldstein
Imprint Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, 2017
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  HT177.N5 G65 2016    AVAILABLE    30610020526935
Descript 383 pages : illustrations, maps, plans ; 24 cm
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Note Displaying gleaming new shopping centers and refurbished row houses, Harlem today bears little resemblance to the neighborhood of the midcentury urban crisis. Brian Goldstein traces Harlem's widely noted "Second Renaissance" to a surprising source: the radical 1960s social movements that resisted city officials and fought to give Harlemites control of their own destiny. In the post-World War II era, large-scale, government-backed redevelopment drove the economic and physical transformation of urban neighborhoods. But in the 1960s, young Harlem activists inspired by the civil rights movement recognized urban renewal as one more example of a power structure that gave black Americans little voice in the decisions that most affected them. They demanded the right to plan their own redevelopment and founded new community-based organizations to achieve that goal. In the following decades, those organizations became the crucibles in which Harlemites debated what their streets should look like and who should inhabit them. Radical activists envisioned a Harlem built by and for its low-income, predominantly African-American population. In the succeeding decades, however, community-based organizations came to pursue a very different goal: a neighborhood with national retailers and increasingly affluent residents. In charting the history that transformed Harlem by the twenty-first century, The Roots of Urban Renaissance demonstrates that gentrification was not imposed on an unwitting community by unscrupulous developers or opportunistic outsiders. Rather, it grew from the neighborhood's grassroots, producing a legacy that benefited some longtime residents and threatened others.-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-361) and index
Reforming renewal -- Black utopia -- Own a piece of the block -- The urban homestead in the age of fiscal crisis -- Managing change -- Making markets uptown -- Conclusion: Between the two Harlems
Subject Gentrification -- New York (State) -- New York
Community development -- New York (State) -- New York
Neighborhood leaders -- New York (State) -- New York
Community organization -- New York (State) -- New York
African American neighborhoods -- New York (State) -- New York -- History
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- History
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