Comeback Cities: A Blueprint For Urban Neighborhood Revival

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Basic Books, Dec 18, 2001 - Social Science - 285 pages
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Comeback Cities shows how innovative, pragmatic tactics for ameliorating the nation's urban ills have produced results beyond anyone's expectations, reawakening America's toughest neighborhoods. In the past, big government and business working separately were unable to solve the inner city crisis. Today, a blend of public-private partnerships, grassroots nonprofit organizations, and a willingness to experiment characterize what is best among the new approaches to urban problem solving. Pragmatism, not dogma, has produced the charter-school movement and the police's new focus on “quality of life” issues. The new breed of big city mayors has welcomed business back into the city, stressed performance and results at city agencies, downplayed divisive racial politics, and cracked down on symptoms of social disorder. As a consequence, America's inner cities are becoming vital communities once again.

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A solid chronicle of what local governments, nonprofits, and (especially) residents were doing to try to keep urban neighborhoods viable in the 1990s. This had a heavy emphasis on undoing bad policy ... Read full review

COMEBACK CITIES: A Blueprint for Urban Neighborhood Revival

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Two urban-renewal experts assess what has and has not worked to resuscitate America's decaying inner cities.Big government's wars on poverty have failed to rescue our physically rotting, industrially ... Read full review


The Case for a Turnaround
The Grassroots Revival
Emerging Markets
Public Order
Deregulating the City
Seizing the Moment
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Paul Grogan has been a leader in revitalizing America's cities for over twenty years. He has directed a number of major nonprofits that channel funds to grassroots, inner-city community groups. He now serves as President of The Boston Foundation.

A former associate editor of the Miami Herald, Tony Proscio is a consultant to foundations and civic organizations and a freelance writer on urban affairs. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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