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Exploring the promise and limits of grassroots strategies for community organizing, development and planning, this book looks at how they can be used in the revitalization and maintenance of urban neighborhoods. The book presents a number of case studies from the United States, analyzing the reasons for success and failure, and concludes with recommendations in the form of a "tool kit" for planners and community leaders.

Changing Urban Structure: Implications for Neighborhood Development
Changing urban structure: Implications for neighborhood development

Many prescriptions for neighborhood revitalization are based on an assertion that neighborhoods have within themselves the capacity to determine and bring about their own futures. Revitalization occurs, it is argued, when neighborhoods recognize and use this capacity for positive change.

This notion of neighborhood self-determination assumes that external forces that affect a neighborhood can be overcome through the pooling of the neighborhood's resources. Such an assumption ignores the structural relationships of power in urban areas and dismisses as unimportant the reasons why a neighborhood needs to be revitalized in the first place. It further ignores the structural changes that, since the beginning of the 1970s, have weakened the power of central cities, have ...

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