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H. V. Savitch & John Clayton Thomas

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Chapter 15: Conclusion: End of the Millennium Big City Politics

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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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