In this Book

Community Builders
summary
In the 1980s the failure of corporate strategies and trickle-down economics led to gross inequalities among many U.S. neighborhoods and cities. By examining and comparing a gentrifying and a low-income neighborhood in two medium-sized cities, Gordana Rabrenovic shows how the problems they faced are typical of a number of neighborhoods nationwide. In particular, Rabrenovic focuses on the relationship between neighborhood associations and urban restructuring, arguing persuasively that the success of neighborhood associations depends more on the city in which the neighborhood is located than on the neighborhood itself. Her tale discusses two very different cities with distinct political economies: Albany, a healthy service sector city, and Schenectady, a declining manufacturing city. Acknowledging both the value and limits of collective action, Rabrenovic addresses issues of particular relevance in urban areas, such as land use and crime, as well as the need for neighborhood organizations to forge links with local elites and other neighborhoods, and to engage and bring together poor and minority residents. Her analysis of neighborhood-based mobilization, preservation, and revitalization illuminates the ways in which grassroots issues intersect with prevailing political agendas and the national economy, as well as how issues such as race and class affect daily community politics.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Frontmatter
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. List of Tables and Maps
  2. pp. ix-x
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. ONE - Introduction: Economic Restructuring, Urban Change, and Neighborhoods in Crisis
  2. pp. 1-14
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. TWO - Neighborhood Associations as Place-Based Collective Actors
  2. pp. 15-37
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. THREE - Albany, the Restructured City: State Government, Its Political Machine, and Neighborhood Politics
  2. pp. 38-63
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. FOUR - Center Square and Its Neighborhood Association:Organizing Jor Success
  2. pp. 64-91
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. FIVE - Arbor Hill: Revitalizing an Inner-City Neighborhood
  2. pp. 92-119
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. SIX - Schenectady, the Declining City: General Electric, Deindustrialization, and Strategies for the City's Renewal
  2. pp. 120-142
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. SEVEN - The Stockade: Definding the Gentrified Neighborhood in a Declining Industrial City
  2. pp. 143-163
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. EIGHT - Hamilton Hill: A Low-Income Neighborhood Struggling for Survival
  2. pp. 164-190
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. NINE - Neighborhoods, Strategies, and the City Context
  2. pp. 191-212
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. References
  2. pp. 213-225
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 227-233
  3. restricted access Download |
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.