Chicago’s Redevelopment Machine and Blues Clubs

  • David Wilson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. David Wilson
    Pages 1-6
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 173-208

About this book


This book examines the conflict surrounding the latest redevelopment frontier in Chicago: the city’s South Side blues clubs and blocks. Like Chicago, cities such as Cleveland, St. Louis, Boston, Washington D.C., Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia are experiencing a new redevelopment machine: one of tyrannizing and fear. Its actors are adroit at working via the creation of fear to “terror-redevelop” in these historically neglected neighborhoods. The book also discusses the powerful race and class-based politics in Chicago’s blues clubs that resist such change. A “leisure as resistance” framework represents the latest innovative form of opposition to the transformation of these historic sites.


Urban Studies Urban Planning Urban Transformation American Cities Chicago Redevelopment Redevelopment Planning Gentrification

Authors and affiliations

  • David Wilson
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Illinois-Urbana-ChampaignChampaign, ILUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-70817-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-70818-8
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