Atlanta: Race, Class And Urban Expansion
Publication Year: 2001
Despite African American success in winning the mayor's office and control of the City Council, development plans have remained in the control of private business interests. Keating tells a number of troubling stories. The development of the Underground Atlanta, the construction of the rapid rail system (MARTA), the building of a new stadium for the Braves, the redevelopment of public housing, and the arrangements for the Olympic Games all share a lack of democratic process. Business and political elites ignored protests from neighborhood groups, the interests of the poor, and the advice of planners.
Published by: Temple University Press
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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...
2. Race, Class, and the Atlanta Economy
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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...
3. Race, Class, and the Atlanta Housing Market
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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...
4. Atlanta Politics and the Governing Elite
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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...
5. Redevelopment, Atlanta Style
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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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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...
7. The Olympics Era
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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...
8. Downtown Redevelopment During the Olympics Era
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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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Over the past two decades, Atlanta politics has undergone a significant change. No longer is the city’s biracial coalition...
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Publication Year: 2001