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Despite long standing efforts going back to the turn of the century when city planning and other reform movements emerged, the poverty and social problems of distressed urban neighborhoods in United States cities persist. This book looks at the progress that has taken place in many of the country's devastated areas. The book highlights examples of achievements made through community organizations and residents.

Miami: The Overtown Neighborhood—A Generation of Revitalization Strategies Gone Awry
Miami: The overtown neighborhood—a generation of revitalization strategies gone awry
Dennis E.Gale

As American cities go, Miami is young. Incorporated in 1896, it is neither an old industrial city nor an antebellum southern community, but rather a 20th century Sunbelt city. Its subtropical climate, tourism-dependent economy, and orientation to the Caribbean and Latin American regions renders it difficult to compare with other American cities. It is a community with sharply defined racial and ethnic divisions, exemplified by neighborhoods such as Little Havana, Little Haiti, Liberty City, and Coconut Grove. None of these, however, is as severely distressed as Overtown, which lies just north of Miami's central business district (see Figure 10.1).

Although Miami was not settled until well ...

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