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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.

A Community Confronts Gentrification
A community confronts gentrification

In the past 20 to 25 years, gentrification, the upgrading of housing and neighborhoods in central cities by real estate speculators and urban pioneers, resulting in the displacement of the neighborhoods' former and usually lower-income residents, has occurred to some degree in nearly every U.S. city. Civic leaders, especially politicians and real estate magnates who make up the main components of urban growth machines (see Logan & Molotch, 1987), favor and promote gentrification because they feel it is necessary to the overall financial well-being of cities and because they almost always personally benefit from it. Community people and their organizations generally oppose gentrification because it brings higher rents and taxes that result in many longtime residents being squeezed ...

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