Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification and the Struggle Over Harlem, Expanded Edition

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$22.95
Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification and the Struggle Over Harlem, Expanded Edition
Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification and the Struggle Over Harlem, Expanded Edition
$22.95
Description

An acclaimed history of Harlem's journey from urban crisis to urban renaissance

With its gleaming shopping centers and refurbished row houses, today's Harlem bears little resemblance to the neighborhood of the midcentury urban crisis. Brian Goldstein traces Harlem's Second Renaissance to a surprising source: the radical social movements of the 1960s that resisted city officials and fought to give Harlemites control of their own destiny. Young Harlem activists, inspired by the civil rights movement, envisioned a Harlem built by and for its low-income, predominantly African American population. In the succeeding decades, however, the community-based organizations they founded came to pursue a very different goal: a neighborhood with national retailers and increasingly affluent residents. The Roots of Urban Renaissance demonstrates that gentrification was not imposed on an unwitting community by unscrupulous developers or opportunistic outsiders. Rather, it grew from the neighborhood's grassroots, producing a legacy that benefited some longtime residents and threatened others.

Description

An acclaimed history of Harlem's journey from urban crisis to urban renaissance

With its gleaming shopping centers and refurbished row houses, today's Harlem bears little resemblance to the neighborhood of the midcentury urban crisis. Brian Goldstein traces Harlem's Second Renaissance to a surprising source: the radical social movements of the 1960s that resisted city officials and fought to give Harlemites control of their own destiny. Young Harlem activists, inspired by the civil rights movement, envisioned a Harlem built by and for its low-income, predominantly African American population. In the succeeding decades, however, the community-based organizations they founded came to pursue a very different goal: a neighborhood with national retailers and increasingly affluent residents. The Roots of Urban Renaissance demonstrates that gentrification was not imposed on an unwitting community by unscrupulous developers or opportunistic outsiders. Rather, it grew from the neighborhood's grassroots, producing a legacy that benefited some longtime residents and threatened others.

ISBN
9780691234755
Publication Date
March 13, 2023
Binding
Paperback
Item Condition
New