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Model City Blues : Urban Space and Organized Resistance in New Haven - Mandi Isaacs Jackson

Model City Blues

Urban Space and Organized Resistance in New Haven

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Model City Blues tells the story of how regular people, facing a changing city landscape, fought for their own model of the "ideal city" by creating grassroots plans for urban renewal. Filled with vivid descriptions of significant moments in a protracted struggle, it offers a street-level account of organized resistance to institutional plans to transform New Haven, Connecticut in the 1960s. Anchored in the physical spaces and political struggles of the city, it brings back to center stage the individuals and groups who demanded that their voices be heard. By re-examining the converging class- and race-based movements of 1960s New Haven, Mandi Jackson helps to explain the city's present-day economic and political struggles. More broadly, by closely analyzing particular sites of resistance in New Haven, Model City Blues employs multiple academic disciplines to re-define and re-imagine the roles of everyday city spaces in building social movements and creating urban landscapes.

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"Model City Blues breaks new ground reassessing New Haven politically through the lens of ethnographic and historic research. Through an urban context, Jackson synthesizes the cultural and economic foundations of past and future social movements. This book is the most impressive culmination of the most significant social and political research on New Haven in at least a generation." Immanuel Ness, Brooklyn College, City University of New York "[Jackson's] case studies successfully emphasize the coalitions forged between residents and civil rights, anti-war, and union activists, among others, because the issues of affordable urban housing and accessible public spaces affected shared constituencies... Summing Up: Highly recommended."- April 2009 issue of Choice "While the book examines a specific time and place--New Haven in the 1960s--it is also a powerful synecdoche for the fate of urban social policy more broadly. Nevertheless, the real strength of this book derives from the case study method. It is among the most subtle historical treatments available of the struggle for local control over decisions that affect urban communities. By focusing on one city and eschewing the standard historical narrative of the "failure" of the War on Poverty, Jackson provides a superlative account of how social policy unfolds in and transforms actual places--offices, coffee shops, homes, parks, taverns, school auditoriums, and city streets." The Journal of American History, Sept 2009

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The Interstate and the Demonstration City: Master Planning and Maximum Feasible Participationp. 6
Contested Spaces in a Model Cityp. 12
Neighborhoods and Movement Spaces on the Ring Road Mapp. 16
Mapping the Storyp. 17
"The Ghosts of Oak Street's Paved Ravines": The Oak Street Project, the Construction of Public Consensus, and the Birth of a Slumless Cityp. 28
The Planning Tableau and the Experts' Dilemmap. 31
Creating Consensus and Illustrating Progressp. 35
The Progress Pavilion: "Watch the Picture Change!"p. 44
"Very Minimum" Dissentp. 49
On Dixwell Avenue: Civil Rights and the Streetp. 52
The Mayor's Proposalp. 52
Two Dixwells, One Cornerp. 54
A New Kind of Projectp. 60
Taking the Streetp. 64
Understanding the Avenuep. 67
Remaking "New Haven's Harlem"p. 75
The Hill Neighborhood Union and Freedom Summer North: Citizen Participation and Movement Spaces in a "Project Area"p. 80
The Hillp. 84
The Hill Neighborhood Unionp. 86
The Hill Rent Strikesp. 92
The Freedom Schoolp. 96
The Children's Parkp. 100
Hill Cooperative Housingp. 106
The National Commission on Urban Problems: "Too Many People Are a Blighting Influence"p. 109
Maximum Feasible Urban Management: The "Automatic" City and the Hill Parents' Associationp. 114
Hill Reconnaissancep. 114
A Particular Kind of "Model"p. 117
The Hill Parents' Associationp. 123
Bracing for Summerp. 129
Renewal, Riot, and Resistance: Reclaiming "Model Cities"p. 138
The Riotp. 138
A "War Zone" on Congress Avenuep. 143
The Aftermathp. 148
Whose "Model Cities"?p. 152
The City and the Six-Lane Highway: Bread and Roses and Parking Garagesp. 161
Bread and Rosesp. 166
Unmasking the Ring Roadp. 172
Route 34: "Like Blowing into a Hurricane"p. 176
The Language of Agitationp. 181
Public Rehearingsp. 184
People Against the Garagep. 189
"You Can't Argue with Concrete"p. 191
Downtown Lives and Palaces: From "A Space of Freedom" to "A Space of Exclusion"p. 195
The Strand Hotelp. 197
The Park Plazap. 199
Defining Homep. 202
"Clear a Space": Fighting for a Different Downtownp. 205
"Pulling Power, Buying Power, Growing Power"p. 209
Between the Strand and the Plazap. 216
Conclusion: The "After"p. 222
Notesp. 235
Works Citedp. 265
Indexp. 271
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ISBN: 9781592136049
ISBN-10: 1592136044
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 28th May 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.4