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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.

The Sports Stadium versus the Neighborhood
The sports stadium versus the neighborhood

The story of the second case study begins more than 50 years ago when the U.S. Public Housing Authority built Wentworth Gardens, 420 units of public housing, at the southern end of Chicago's Armour Square community area between 37th and 39th Streets (see Figure 6.1). Construction was started in 1945, and the housing was intended for black war workers, but World War II ended before the development was ready for occupancy.1 So it was decided that the units would be used as low-rent housing, and the new development—37 buildings consisting of two-story row houses with a cluster of three-story apartment buildings in the center—became part of the expanding inventory of the then new Chicago ...

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