Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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p. vii

List of Maps and Tables

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pp. ix-x

Acknowledgments

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p. xi

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1. Introduction

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pp. 1-6

Fortuitously poised as a Sun Belt regional center, Atlanta grew faster than most metropolitan areas over the past twenty five years. But the expansion of the economy and the...

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2. Race, Class, and the Atlanta Economy

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pp. 7-40

Metropolitan Atlanta has grown rapidly since the end of World War II. Up until the 1990s, most of this growth occurred in the city’s northern suburbs. Underwritten by subsidies for...

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3. Race, Class, and the Atlanta Housing Market

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pp. 41-68

Atlanta enjoys a progressive image as a city with fairly benign race relations. After the white primary was declared illegal by the courts in 1946, Mayor William Hartsfield maintained...

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4. Atlanta Politics and the Governing Elite

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pp. 69-87

Throughout most of the past fifty years, Atlanta politics was dominated by the city’s downtown business leaders. The power of the downtown business elite has waned recently...

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5. Redevelopment, Atlanta Style

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pp. 88-112

In 1960, while Ivan Allen Jr. was president of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, just before he started his campaign for mayor, he delivered a speech to the chamber that he...

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6. MARTA

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pp. 113-141

A major part of Atlanta’s downtown redevelopment efforts was its construction of a rapid-rail system. Plans for a rail system were formulated beginning in the early ’60s, and construction...

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7. The Olympics Era

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pp. 142-163

The announcement in September 1990 that Atlanta had won the bid for the 1996 Summer Olympics caused considerable excitement throughout the city and spurred a major effort to...

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8. Downtown Redevelopment During the Olympics Era

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pp. 164-193

Most of the major redevelopment projects undertaken in and around downtown Atlanta during the Olympics preparation period had problematic, controversial aspects. First of all, the...

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9. Conclusion

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pp. 194-210

Over the past two decades, Atlanta politics has undergone a significant change. No longer is the city’s biracial coalition...

Notes

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pp. 211-226

Index

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pp. 227-232