1st Edition

Communities of Resistance and Resilience in the Post-Industrial City A Transnational Perspective from Lyon and Pittsburgh, 1980–2010

By Daniel Holland Copyright 2025
    250 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book is about the grassroots community revitalization movement in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Lyon, France, between 1980 and 2010, an extension of the post-WWII civil rights campaign that is rarely considered.

    It tells the story of residents' attempts to improve their communities through social capital or people power. In positive ways, citizens created vibrant, attractive neighborhoods. But their actions also generated unintended consequences, such as high real estate prices and minority displacement that threatened to unravel their hard work. Communities of Resistance and Resilience is an ethnographic survey that relies on oral histories, archival research, on-the-ground site surveys, and the author’s personal experience as a neighborhood reinvestment practitioner for more than 30 years. It brings to life stories that would otherwise remain obscured, such as the lingering impact of the March for Equality and Against Racism, organized in Lyon in 1983, and the formation of the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group in Pittsburgh in 1988, both of which launched national movements.

    This is of great use to scholars of transatlantic history as well as a general audience interested in modern social movements in the United States and France.

    Introduction  1. Prelude to the 1980s: Pittsburgh’s Promise of Housing  2. Housing in Lyon Prior to the 1980s  3. Pittsburgh Turns Against Urban Renewal  4. France’s Social Housing Aura Fades  5. The Fight to Save Pittsburgh in the 1980s  6. Lyon’s Banlieue Voices Emerge in the 1980s  7. Pittsburgh’s New Approaches to Community Development in the 1990s  8. Lyon’s Decade of Hope and Frustration  9. Too Much of a Good Thing? Pittsburgh’s Changing Urban Dynamics in the 2000s  10. Refashioning Greater Lyon in the 2000s  11. Conclusion: An Assessment of Lyon and Pittsburgh, 1980-2010


    Daniel Holland is an adjunct professor of history at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He specializes in urban history, historic preservation, and community reinvestment. He has been featured in the Journal of Urban History, Community Development Journal, Old House Journal, Preservation, Preservation Journal, and Pennsylvania History Journal.