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Chapter 9: Origins of an Urban Crisis: The Restructuring of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Geography of Foreclosure

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Origins of an Urban Crisis: The Restructuring of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Geography of Foreclosure
Origins of an Urban Crisis: The Restructuring of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Geography of Foreclosure
Alex Schafran
Introduction: an urban crisis on the metropolitan edge

‘Urban restructuring must first be seen as crisis-generated.'

(Ed Soja, quoted in Soureli and Youn, 2009: 42).

Stories of suffering, decline and foreclosure on the edges of the American metropolis have now become as ubiquitous as the ‘bank-owned’ signs littering front yards from Antioch, California, toYuma, Arizona. From columnists like Timothy Egan to the editorial pages of The Economist, tales of the ‘gated ghetto’ and quotes from urban scholar Christopher Leinberger about the ‘next slum’ growing on the ...

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