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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.

Camden, New Jersey: Urban Decay and the Absence of Public-Private Partnerships
Camden, New Jersey: Urban decay and the absence of public-private partnerships
Robert A.Catlin
Introduction

In his 1989 book Unequal Partnerships: The Political Economy of Urban Redevelopment in Postwar America, Gregory Squires questions whether or not the public-private partnerships developed in central U.S. cities after World War II have really worked to the advantage of most citizens. Nationwide observations during the 1980s and early 1990s are mixed. In Boston, Sacramento, and Portland, Oregon (Dreier, 1989; Smith, Guagnano, & Posehn, 1989), the results seem to be positive for all concerned. In Pittsburgh (Sbragia, 1989), Detroit (Thomas, 1989, 1995), Milwaukee (Norman, 1989), and Louisville (Cummings, Koebel, & Whitt, 1989), some benefits trickled down to low- and moderate-income citizens, but the ...

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