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Detroit: Race and Uneven Development

Joe Darden

Publication Year: 2010

Published by: Temple University Press


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pp. v

List of Maps. Figures. and Tables

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface: Angles of Vision

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pp. ix-x

This book is an interdisciplinary effort by a team of researchers associated with Urban Affairs Programs at Michigan State University (MSU). As with all approaches to understanding the city, interdisciplinary investiga tions have special strengths and some weaknesses. We think the special strength of Detroit: Race and Uneven Development comes from our at ...

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Series Preface

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pp. xi-xii

The Comparative American Cities series grew out of a need for more comparative scholarly works on America's urban areas in the post-World War II era. American cities are storehouses of potential assets and lia bilities for their residents and for society as a whole. It is important that scholars examine the nation's metropolitan areas to assess trends that may ...

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1. Detroit: An Overview

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pp. 3-10

This book explores some of the major factors in the post-World War II evolution of one of the mightiest industrial metropolises of twentieth-century North America. It argues that the current state of the city of Detroit and its region - spatial inequality of industry and commerce, chronic racial and class segregation, regional political fragmentation - is a logical ...

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2. Uneven Development in Metropolitan Detroit

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pp. 11-65

Our purpose in this chapter is to trace uneven development- the spatial trajectory of investment and disinvestment, economic growth and decline - in metropolitan Detroit since the Second World War. We begin with Detroit in the late 1940s, when the spatial path taken by an expanding auto industry, abetted by federal transportation and housing policies, yielded ...

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3. Patterns of Race and Class Disparity

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pp. 67-108

The preceding chapter focused on uneven economic development and the changing patterns of economic growth and decline over time and through space in metropolitan Detroit. The trajectory of economic development was traced through three periods between 1913 and the present, emphasizing the periods covering the Era of Suburbanization (1951-1978) and ...

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4. Interracial Conflict and Cooperation: Housing as a Case Study

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pp. 109-150

As we have seen in previous discussions, the spatial logic of auto production over three decades contributed to patterns of disinvestment and deindustrialization in the central city. This historical and structural transformation of the regional economy, in turn, reinforced patterns of racial and class segregation, particularly in housing, education, and employment. ...

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5. City Redevelopment Policies

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pp. 151-200

We move now from housing as a case study of racial conflict and cooperation to city redevelopment policies. As in Chapter 2, we will examine broad aspects of uneven social and economic development, including the role of the political and economic elite in the decision-making process. Race and class factors are still quite salient in this discussion but take their ...

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6. Politics and Policy in Metropolitan Detroit

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pp. 201-250

All of the issues discussed thus far - the economy of the region, patterns of race and class, race relations, redevelopment strategies- relate in some sense to politics. Although the political environment has not always determined the course of events in the Detroit metropolis, it has certainly helped shape them. The political fragmentation of the region is the single variable ...

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7. What Future for Detroit?

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pp. 251-265

What does the future hold for the Motor City? Forecasting much beyond the present is a risky business. But based upon our findings from this study, we can venture a few concluding prognostications. To a significant degree, the economic future of the Detroit region is still tied to the future of the auto industry. If Michigan's localities are to thrive in the face of stiff international economic competition, they must carve ...


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pp. 267-295


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pp. 297-317

E-ISBN-13: 9781439905005

Publication Year: 2010