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Transforming Race and Class in Suburbia : Decline in Metropolitan Baltimore - Thomas J. Vicino

Transforming Race and Class in Suburbia

Decline in Metropolitan Baltimore

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2008
ISBN: 9780230605459
Number Of Pages: 227

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Just as the nation witnessed the widespread decay of urban centers, there is a mounting suburban crisis in first-tier suburbs--the early suburbs to develop in metropolitan America. These places, once the bastion of a large middle class, have matured and experienced three decades of social and economic decline. In the first comprehensive analysis of suburban decline for an entire region, Vicino uses Baltimore as an illustrative case to chronicle how first-tier suburbs experienced widespread decline while outer suburbs flourished since the 1970s. At the brink of the twenty-first century, Vicino illustrates how the processes of deindustrialization, racial diversity, and class segregation have shaped the evolution of suburban decline.

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"This is the most sophisticated study yet of first-tier suburban decline. Scholars and policymakers have only begun to catch up to the fact that the urban crisis has moved to the suburbs.Vicino gets it.His book will be indispensable for anyone who wants to understand the rapidly changing suburban landscape. Vicino shatters the conventional image of suburbia: Leave It to Beaver gives way to the New Suburban Gothic. Vicino displays the complex geography of first-tier suburbs pockmarked by bleak landscapes left behind by suburban sprawl. Transforming Race and Class in Suburbia is essential reading for anyone interested in suburban decline." - Todd Swanstrom, Professor of Public Policy Studies, St. Louis University and co-author of Place Matters: Metropolitics for the 21st Century "Vicino masterfully provides a comprehensive analysis of the decline of the first-tier suburbs of Baltimore County, Maryland over the past several decades and describes the efforts of that County and the State to counter this trend, providing important lessons for other metropolitan areas with similar patterns of decline in their older suburbs." - Dennis Keating, Levin College Distinguished Professor, Cleveland State University and author of The Suburban Racial Dilemma "A comprehensive analysis of the evolution of first-tier suburbs and revitalization efforst in Baltimore County. This book should serve as a reliable and informative resource for urban scholars, planners, and policymakers, as it elucidates the reality of first-tier suburban communities and the challenges and opportunities they face in the 21st century." - Sugie Lee, Journal of the American Planning Association "Vicino's multidisciplinary approach, accurately and with detail, paints a human portrait applicable across the United States...This is an excellent addition to the literature and makes for a top-notch addition as a text in the areas or urban development, geography, planning, and public administration." - Selima Sultana, Urban Geography " Transforming Race and Class in Suburbia fills an important gap...It lays groundwork for years and decades of suburban research on this aspect as well as others, be it on the East Coast, somewhere else in the United States, or in suburban communities in developed countries in Europe or Australasia." - Katrin B. Anacker, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research

List of Figuresp. xi
List of Tablesp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Suburban Evolutionp. 1
U.S. Suburban Developmentp. 7
The Creation of the New Suburban Gothicp. 11
Overviewp. 15
Suburban Frontierp. 19
Crabgrass Memoriesp. 20
The Rise of Suburban Baltimorep. 37
Dynamics of Neighborhood Changep. 43
Summaryp. 53
Suburban Declinep. 55
The Post-Suburban Era: The Study of Suburban Declinep. 56
Patterns of Suburban Decline, 1970-2000p. 67
Summaryp. 104
Suburban Mosaicp. 107
The New Suburban Landscapep. 108
Typology of First-Tier Suburban Neighborhoodsp. 126
Suburban Transformationsp. 139
Summaryp. 143
Suburban Renaissancep. 147
Baltimore County Confronts Suburban Declinep. 149
Political Realities and Economic Imperativesp. 160
Lessons Learnedp. 165
Suburban Crossroadsp. 169
The New Metropolitan Dilemma: Saving the Suburbsp. 170
State and Federal Policy Initiativesp. 175
A Suburban Policy Agendap. 181
Suburban Prospectsp. 185
Reflections on Baltimorep. 186
Contributionsp. 188
Explaining Suburban Changep. 189
A Suburban Research Agendap. 190
Appendixp. 193
Referencesp. 211
Indexp. 223
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ISBN: 9780230605459
ISBN-10: 0230605451
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 227
Published: 1st June 2008
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1