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The New Chicago
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For generations, visitors, journalists, and social scientists alike have asserted that Chicago is the quintessentially American city. Indeed, the introduction to The New Chicago reminds us that "to know America, you must know Chicago." The contributors boldly announce the demise of the city of broad shoulders and the transformation of its physical, social, cultural, and economic institutions into a new Chicago. In this wide-ranging book, twenty scholars, journalists, and activists, relying on data from the 2000 census and many years of direct experience with the city, identify five converging forces in American urbanization which are reshaping this storied metropolis. The twenty-six essays included here analyze Chicago by way of globalization and its impact on the contemporary city; economic restructuring; the evolution of machine-style politics into managerial politics; physical transformations of the central city and its suburbs; and race relations in a multicultural era. In elaborating on the effects of these broad forces, contributors detail the role of eight significant racial, ethnic, and immigrant communities in shaping the character of the new Chicago and present ten case studies of innovative governmental, grassroots, and civic action. Multifaceted and authoritative, The New Chicago offers an important and unique portrait of an emergent and new "Windy City."

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Part I: Introduction
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. An Overview and Point of View
  2. pp. 3-16
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  1. Part II: Converging Forces
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. 2. Globalization and the Remaking of Chicago
  2. pp. 19-31
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  1. 3. Economic Restructuring: Chicago’s Precarious Balance
  2. pp. 32-43
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  1. 4. Chicago’s New Politics of Growth
  2. pp. 44-55
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  1. 5. The Physical Transformation of Metropolitan Chicago Chicago’s Central Area
  2. pp. 56-81
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  1. 6. Race Relations Chicago Style: Past, Present, and Future
  2. pp. 82-94
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  1. Part III: The Immigrant Presence
  2. pp. 95-96
  1. 7. Chicago: The Immigrant Capital of the Heartland
  2. pp. 97-104
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  1. 8. Latinos of the New Chicago
  2. pp. 105-114
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  1. 9. New Chicago Polonia: Urban and Suburban
  2. pp. 115-127
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  1. 10. Asian Indians in Chicago
  2. pp. 128-140
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  1. 11. Re-Visioning Filipino American Communities: Evolving Identities, Issues, and Organizations
  2. pp. 141-153
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  1. 12. The Korean Presence in Chicago
  2. pp. 154-167
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  1. 13. Chicago’s Chinese Americans: From Chinatown and Beyond
  2. pp. 168-181
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  1. 14. Immigrants from the Arab World
  2. pp. 182-196
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  1. 15. Immigrants at Work
  2. pp. 197-210
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  1. Part IV: Contested Reinvention and Civic Agency: Ten Case Studies
  2. pp. 211-212
  1. 16. The Rebirth of Bronzeville: Contested Space and Contrasting Visions
  2. pp. 213-220
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  1. 17. Devon Avenue: A World Market
  2. pp. 221-230
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  1. 18. The Affordable Housing Crisis in the Chicago Region
  2. pp. 231-238
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  1. 19. Back to Its Roots: The Industrial Areas Foundation and United Power for Action and Justice
  2. pp. 239-247
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  1. 20. Chicago School Reform: Advancing the Global City Agenda
  2. pp. 248-258
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  1. 21. Police and the Globalizing City: Innovation and Contested Reinvention
  2. pp. 259-268
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  1. 22. Transforming Public Housing
  2. pp. 269-276
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  1. 23. Regionalism in a Historically Divided Metropolis
  2. pp. 276-285
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  1. 24. Coalition Politics at America’s Premier Transportation Hub
  2. pp. 286-294
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  1. 25. Urban Beautification: The Construction of a New Identity in Chicago
  2. pp. 295-302
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  1. Part V: Conclusion
  2. pp. 303-304
  1. 26. Learning from Chicago
  2. pp. 305-318
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  1. References
  2. pp. 319-340
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 341-342
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 343-353
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