1st Edition

Postwar Urban America
Demography, Economics, and Social Policies





ISBN 9780765646088
Published December 17, 2014 by Routledge
416 Pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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?

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