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The Urban Struggle for Economic, Environmental and Social Justice

Deepening their roots, 1st Edition

By Malo André Hutson


178 pages

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This book discusses the current demographic shifts of blacks, Latinos, and other people of colour out of certain strong-market cities and the growing fear of displacement among low-income urban residents. It documents these populations’ efforts to remain in their communities and highlights how this leads to community organizing around economic, environmental, and social justice. The book shows how residents of once-neglected urban communities are standing up to city economic development agencies, influential real estate developers, universities, and others to remain in their neighbourhoods, protect their interests, and transform their communities into sustainable, healthy communities. These communities are deploying new strategies that build off of past struggles over urban renewal. Based on seven years of research, this book draws on a wealth of material to conduct a case study analysis of eight low-income/mixed-income communities in Boston, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

This timely book is aimed at researchers and postgraduate students interested in urban policy and politics, community development, urban studies, environmental justice, urban public health, sociology, community-based research methods, and urban planning theory and practice. It will also be of interest to policy makers, community activists, and the private sector.


"At last, a book that looks at some of the ways in which gentrification has been reined in. The book provides a wide-ranging and largely convincing account of the alliances that have made possible some legal constraints to be placed on unrestrained gentrification"Tim Butler, King’s College London, UK

"Hutson (Univ. of California Berkeley) tries to understand the rapid and unrestrained gentrification occurring in “strong-market cities such as Boston, New York City, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington, DC,” with their attendant displacements of poor and working-class populations. Important topics include the demographic shift back into cities; the awakening of marginalized urban communities of color; the cases of academic and medical institutions expanding into surrounding poor neighborhoods; the struggle of residents to hold government and developers accountable; and the efforts of community organizations to promote equitable development for local residents and provide more community control over land use and planning. The dynamic of economic crises involving home foreclosures and unemployment has bolstered community development grassroots efforts. Grassroots community development is seen as a way to bring about healthy, sustainable, urban communities with reduced displacement, poverty, and inequality. The new policies encouraging public/private partnerships to improve economic, environmental, and social dimensions of low resource urban communities are seen as the solution. The point of the book is that political organizing and strong community coalitions can keep government and private developers accountable to neighborhood residents." - C. Wankel, St. John's University, CHOICE

Table of Contents

1. The New Struggle for Economic, Environmental and Social Justice 2. Our Changing Landscape 3. Boston: The fight for quality jobs 4. Brookylyn: The struggle for inclusive governance and transparency 5. San Francisco: The fight to preserve the mission district 6. Washington DC: 'Chocolate city' is changing 7. Deepending their Roots: The urban struggle for economic, environmental and social justice

About the Author

Malo André Hutson is assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley, USA, and associate director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Development. He is also a faculty affiliate of the UC Berkeley/UCSF Medical School Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars program

About the Series

Routledge Equity, Justice and the Sustainable City series

This series positions equity and justice as central elements of the transition toward sustainable cities. The series introduces critical perspectives and new approaches to the practice and theory of urban planning and policy that ask how the world's cities can become ‘greener’ while becoming more fair, equitable and just.

Routledge Equity Justice and the Sustainable City series addresses sustainable city trends in the global North and South and investigates them for their potential to ensure a transition to urban sustainability that is equitable and just for all. These trends include municipal climate action plans; resource scarcity as tipping points into a vortex of urban dysfunction; inclusive urbanization; "complete streets" as a tool for realizing more "livable cities"; the use of information and analytics toward the creation of "smart cities".

The series welcomes submissions for high-level cutting edge research books that push thinking about sustainability, cities, justice and equity in new directions by challenging current conceptualizations and developing new ones. The series offers theoretical, methodological, and empirical advances that can be used by professionals and as supplementary reading in courses in urban geography, urban sociology, urban policy, environment and sustainability, development studies, planning, and a wide range of academic disciplines.

To submit proposals, please contact the Editor, Rebecca Brennan ([email protected], twitter: @BrennanRebecca1), or the Series Editors, Julian Agyeman ([email protected], twitter: @julianagyeman) and Stephen Zavestoski ([email protected]).

Julian Agyeman, Tufts University Boston-Medford, USA

Stephen Zavestoski, University of San Francisco, USA

Editorial Advisory Board:

Dr Antwi Akom, Professor & Founding Director, Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab, University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco State University, USA

Dr Jayne Engle, Director, Cities, McConnell Foundation, Adjunct Professor, McGill University, Canada

Dr Ayona Datta, King’s College London, UK.

Dr Jenia Mukherjee, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India 

Professor Cheryl Teelucksingh, Ryerson University, Canada

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy