This unique and inexpensive book provides a demographic and economic history of urban America over the last 65 years. The growth and decline of most northern cities is contrasted with the steady growth of western and southern cities. Various urban government policies are explored, including federal, state, and local policies. There is a chapter focusing on Detroit and its rapid decline toward bankruptcy and its recent strategies to slow recovery. The final two chapters speculate on what's next for urban America and gives suggestions for stimulating growth.
Preface Introduction Part I: Urban America in 1950 1 Urban Areas of the North 2 Urban Areas of the South Before Air Conditioning 3 Urban Areas of the West 4 An American Dilemma in 1950 Part II: Urban Growth and Prosperity: 1950-1970 5 The Industrial North and the Great Migration 6 The New South Takes Off 7 Urban Growth in the West 8 Suburbanization: 1950-1970 9 Signs of Trouble Ahead
10 August 1965 Part III: The Years of Urban Crisis 11 The Great Society and the Urban Riots 12 Urban Population and Employment Trends in the North 13 Urban Growth in the South: 1970-1990 14 Rapid Urban Growth in the West: 1970-1990 15 New Urban Scholarship 16 The Vicious Circle in Urban America Part IV: The Rebirth of Urban America in the 1990s 17 Rebirth in America's Cities 18 Urban Rebirth in the North: 1990-2000 19 Urban Growth and Rebirth in the South and West
Part V: Urban America in the New Century 20 Recession, Recovery, Housing Market Bubble, and Financial Crisis 21 Northern Urban Areas: 2000-2010 22 Bankruptcy in Detroit 23 Urban Areas of the South and West: 2000-2010 24 What Is Next for Urban America? 25 Lessons from History: What Has Worked?