Clarence N. Stone and Robert P. Stoker (eds): Urban Neighborhoods in a New Era: Revitalization Politics in the Postindustrial City
Urban Neighborhoods in a New Eraoffers a rich account of long-term developments in urban and neighborhood revitalization policies in six North American cities. It argues that such policies have undergone profound changes in the face of a shifting political order in a postindustrial era. While the contributors to the book readily acknowledge the often piecemeal and sometimes disappointing results of neighborhood revitalization policies, they explicitly seek to counter “a long-reigning narrative of policy failure” (p. 2). Instead, they argue revitalization policies have changed for the better. In this regard it is important to note that the contributors see neighborhood revitalization as efforts to improve the lives of current residents—because “a neighborhood is essentially the population living there” (p. 24)—rather than a replacement of the population. Particularly this latter strand of policies that seek to change populations rather than environments has received ample scholarly...
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