Back to the City. Issues in Neighborhood Renovation by Shirley Bradway Laska, Daphne Spain

By Shirley Bradway Laska, Daphne Spain

Again to the town: matters in local upkeep specializes in the rules, social concerns, and methods interested by the residential revitalization of internal towns. The publication first deals info on an city land institute survey of private-market housing protection in crucial towns and reinvestment by means of long-time citizens and newbies. concerns contain personality of local renewal, purposes for reinvestment timing, and an summary of the event on inner most renewal. the choice additionally takes a glance on the racial and socioeconomic alterations in central-city housing, in addition to adjustments in racial successions, restricted aid for city revitalization, and features of transition families. The book stories the case stories performed at local resettlements in Washington, D.C, New Orleans, Columbus, Seattle, Charleston, and Philadelphia. subject matters comprise residential mobility of recent owners; neighborhoods in transitions; displacement; delight with the local; contrasting conceptions of the local; and historical maintenance and local. the choice is a in charge reference for geographers, city planners, and sociologists.

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Both the brownstone revival and the l u x u r y apartment buildings depend upon relatively high-income families for their s u c c e s s . ♦Reprinted by permission of the Journal of the American Planning Association; Journal of the American Institute of Plann e r s 43 (April 1977). Maps omitted due to space c o n s t r a i n t s . 42 CENTRAL-CITY REVIVAL 43 These two examples suggest that the changes in American central cities may be more complex than the generally accepted image of deterioration and flight to the s u b u r b s .

The confidence is in what citizens can do and not in local institutions or local government (McBride, 1977). It is in these cities that the process of managing shrinkage while developing reinvestment strategies causes the greatest strain and r e q u i r e s the greatest ingenuity on the part of p l a n n e r s . THE CHARACTER OF NEIGHBORHOOD RENEWAL There are essentially two kinds of private residential reinvestment taking place in American cities. One of these we might refer to as "incumbent u p g r a d i n g .

In our study we found that displacement occurs in four out of five gentrification neighborhoods though the exact amount of displacement in each of these neighborhoods may v a r y from a v e r y modest amount to a large amount depending on just how much of the available stock was vacant (see also National Urban Coalition, 1978). Location Gentrification neighborhoods are typically located v e r y near (within two miles) or within the central business d i s t r i c t . The gentrified neighborhoods are more likely to be located on BACK TO THE CITY 22 higher elevations, near water or public open space, or near areas of historic i n t e r e s t .

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