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“Big City Politics in Transition is a good reference volume packed with much important and up-to-date information.” --Environment and Planning “A timely book that revisits the field so well described by Edward Banfield (Big City Politics, 1965) as of the early 1960s but which has changed greatly since then. … Each profile shows a high level of research, and the notes provide a thorough bibliography of the literature. A tremendously useful book for readers at all levels.” --Choice “This book was inspired by Edward Banfield's Big City Politics of 1965. [In Big City Politics in Transition] the introduction amply justifies the need for a new volume.… This multiauthored volume examines thirteen cities: Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Saint Louis, Atlanta, Miami, New Orleans, Denver, Houston, Los ...

Conclusion: End of the Millennium Big City Politics
Conclusion: End of the millennium big city politics
H. V.Savitch, John ClaytonThomas

LESSONS CAN BE GLEANED from our experience with 13 big cities, lessons about the continuing paradoxes that bedevil big cities. Our cities have at once become more important as centers of the nation's postindustrial might, yet more dispensable because of suburban alternatives. Big city mayors have become more important as public leaders, yet they are less able to lead divided cities. Thirty years ago the words urban crisis led the nation's political agenda. As urban problems have become more severe, they seem to have disappeared from the public mind.

How can we understand these paradoxes? Our explanation hinges on a series of developments, evidenced in the 13 profiles, ...

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