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Inside Urban Politics: Voices from America's Cities and Suburbs

Inside Urban Politics: Voices from America's Cities and Suburbs

By: Dick Simpson (author)Paperback

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Inside Urban Politics covers social, economic, political, and governmental conditions of our cities and suburbs today and the proposals to change, reform, and improve them.This anthology is unique to the market as its emphasis is on first-hand accounts-speeches by politicians, newspaper stories, editorials by journalists, interviews with political activists, memoirs and biographies of famous people, and research reports advocating change. The use of primary sources to depict urban politics is an attempt to bring to the students voices of passion, insight, and conflict, and engage them in improving their own cities and suburbs.


Introduction: An Insider's View. I. THE RENAISSANCE OF U.S. CITIES. 1. Mayor Rudy Guiliani, Renaissance Budgeting 2001 (Excerpts from the New York Mayor's weekly column and press release).2. Mayor Wellington Webb, Reviving Downtown Denver (Excerpts from the Denver Mayor's Speech).3. Mayor Vincent Cianci, Revitalization in Providence (Excerpts from Providence Mayor's Inaugural Address).4. Mayor Gary Doty, Duluth 2001 and Beyond (Excerpts from Duluth Mayor's State of the City Address).1. Exercise: The Renaissance in Your City. II. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS. 1. Immigration, Urban Renewal and Neighborhood Destruction. 5. Jane Addams, First Days at Hull House (Excerpts from Her Memoir, Twenty Years at Hull House.)6. Florence Scala, The Fight to Save the Hull House Neighborhood. (An interview with Studs Terkel in Division Street: America.) 7. Dick Simpson, The Halsted Street Sage. (A political commentary from the Chicago Journal.)8. Gustavo Cano, Political Mobilization of Mexican Immigrants in American Cities. 2. Race, Class, and Poverty. 9. Loic J.D. Wacquant and William Julius Wilson, Poverty, Joblessness, and the Social Transformation of the Inner City. (A research report published in Welfare and Policy for the 1990s.) 10. Thernstrom and Thernstrom, We Have Overcome: The Good News about Race. (An article published in New Republic magazine.)11. David Mendell, Midwest Cities Among Nation's Most Segregated. (Excerpts from an article published in the Chicago Tribune.)12. Walljasper, When Activists Win: The Renaissance of Dudley Street. (An article published in The Nation magazine.)13. Evan McKenzie, Gated Communities. (A political commentary from the Chicago Journal.)3. The Switch from the Manufacturing to the Global Economy. 14. Merrill Goozner, What Ails Post-Industrial Chicago. (Excerpts from a newspaper series in Crain's Chicago Business.)15. Jim Jardley, High-Tech Fall in Austin. (Excerpts from a newspaper article in The New York Times.)16. Carla Rivera, Too Few Jobs Imperial Welfare Reform Plan in Los Angeles. (Excerpts from a newspaper article in the Los Angeles Times.)17. Nancy Cleeland, Lives Get a Little Better on a Living Wage in San Francisco. (Excerpts from journalist Cleeland's article in the Los Angeles Times.)4. Exercise: Studying the Racial and Economic Gaps in Your City. III. POLITICAL POWER IN AMERICAN CITIES. 1. The Struggle for Power. George Washington Plunkitt, Honest and Dishonest Graft. (Speeches of a political boss as recorded by journalist William Riordan.)19. Mike Royko, Boss Richard J. Daley of Chicago. (Excerpts from journalist Royko's book, Boss.)20. Melvin Holli, Early Reformers: Mayor Samuel M. "Golden Rule" Jones of Toledo. (Excerpts from historian Holli's book, The American Mayor.)21. Amy Bridges, Reformers in Southwestern Cities. (Excerpts from historian Bridges' book, Morning Glories.)2. Modern Urban Leaders-Reformers, Bosses, Crooks, Saints, and Scoundrels. 22. Robert Caro, Robert Moses of New York City. (Excerpts from Caro's article in The New Yorker.)23. George Cothran and David Pasztor, Crme and Patronage in San Francisco. (Excerpts from their article from SF Weekly.Com.)24. Jim Newton, Mayor Richard Riordan's Cabinets. (Excerpts from journalist Riordan's article in the Los Angeles Times.)25. Harold Meyerson, How Mayor Tom Bradley Transformed Los Angeles. (Excerpts from journalist Meyerson's article in LA Weekly News.)26. Buzz Bissinger, Mayor Ed Rendell of Philadelphia. (Excerpts from journalist Bissinger's book, A Prayer for the City.)27. Robyne S. Turner, Lessons in Miami Politics. (Excerpts from political scientist Turner's articles in Urban News.)28. Manny Garcia and Tom Dubocq, Lobbyists in Miami. (Excerpts from these journalists' articles in The Miami Herald.)29. Dick Simpson, The New Machine: Mayor Richard M. Daley of Chicago. (Excerpts from my book, Rogues, Rebels, and Rubber Stamps.)30. John Nichols, Success in Sante Fe: Mayor Debbie Jaramillo. (Excerpts from this journalist's article in Progressive magazine.)3. Exercise: Studying Power in Your City. IV. GOVERNMENT STRUCTURES AND PROCESSES. 1. Structures of Local Government. 31. Restructuring City Government: Banks vs. City of Peoria. (Federal Lawsuit Documents.)32. James Ingram and Xandra Kayden, The History of Charter Reform in Los Angeles. (From a speech to the Los Angeles Charter Reform Conference.)33. Dick Simpson, Chicago City Council Reform. (Excerpts from a reform report by the City Club of Chicago.)34. Jack Newfield, New York City Council Shenanigans. (Excerpts from journalist Newfield's article in The New York Post.)2. Citizen Participation and Evaluation of Local Government. 35. Ann Gentile and Dick Simpson, Neighborhood Empowerment. (Excerpts from an article in Social Policy.)36. Christopher Howard, Michael Lipsky, and Dale Rogers Marshall, Citizen Participation in Urban Politics. (Excerpts from their essay in Big City Politics, Governance, and Fiscal Constraints.)37. Barry Rundquist and Gerald Strom, Citizen Evaluations of City Government. (Excerpts from their essay in Chicago's Future.)38. Marion Orr and Darrell West, Citizen Views on Urban Revitalization in Providence) and (Excerpts from their article in Urban Affairs Review.)3. Metropolitan Politics. 39. Myron Orfield, Metropolitics in Minneapolis-St. Paul. (Excerpts from State Legislator Orfield's book, Metropolitics.)40. Houston Chronicle, The Challenge of Regional Governance in Houston. (Excerpts from a Houston Chronicle news story.)41. E. Terrence Jones and Elaine Hays, Metropolitan Citizens in St. Louis. (From a paper prepared fro the poster session at the American Political Science Association Meeting September 2001.)42. Gregg Esterbrook, The Case for Sprawl. (Excerpts from journalist Esterbrook's article from the New Republic.)4. Changes in Urban Politics Since September 11, 2001. 43. H.V. Savitch with Grigoriy Ardashev, Terrorism in Cities. (From political scientists Savitch and Arashe's article in Urban Studies.)V. CURRENT CHANGES IN RACIAL AND CULTURAL POLITICS. 44. Valeria Johnson, Black Suburbanization. (From Political Scientist Johnson's Ph.D Dissertation on Black Political Empowerment in the Maryland Suburbs of Washington, D.C.)45. Edward Lebow, Primary Colors in Phoenix City Council Elections. (Excerpts from journalist Lebow's article in Phoenix New Times.)46. Rob Gurwitt, Subtle Racial Politics of the 21st Century. (From journalist Gurwitt's article in Governing magazine.)47. Elaine Sharp, Culture Wars and City Politics. (Excerpts from political scientist Sharp's article in Urban Affairs Review.)48. Janet Boles, Local Elected Women and Policy-Making. (Excerpts from political scientist Bole's chapter in The Impact of Women in Public Office.)1. Exercise: Race and Gender at City Hall. CONCLUSION: OUR URBAN FUTURE. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS.

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  • ISBN13: 9780321095671
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9780321095671
  • weight: 454
  • ISBN10: 0321095677

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