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A Twenty-First Century Approach to Community ChangePartnering to Improve Life Outcomes for Youth and Families in Under-Served Neighborhoods$
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Paula Allen-Meares, Tina R. Shanks, Larry M. Gant, Leslie Hollingsworth, and Patricia L. Miller

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190463311

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190463311.001.0001

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The Emergence, Decline, and Possible Revitalization of a Great City

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A Twenty-First Century Approach to Community Change

Reynolds Farley

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the City of Detroit, starting with a glimpse of its early history and growth as an industrial power through the first half of the 20th century. The chapter also offers a political, demographic, and statistical overview of its decline in the second half of the 20th century. The chapter offers an up-to-date summary of the city’s federal Chapter 9 bankruptcy proceedings and its emergence from financial disaster. It ends by describing several perspectives on Detroit’s future from optimistic to realistic, setting the stage for what the city has faced leading up to and during the time of the Skillman Foundation’s Good Neighborhoods work.

Keywords:   city–suburban conflict, deindustrialization, Detroit, Kevyn Orr, municipal bankruptcy, neighborhood decline, racial conflict, racial residential segregation, suburbanization, urban revitalization

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