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Redevelopment and Race: Planning a Finer City in Postwar Detroit (Michigan) (Creating the North American Landscape) Hardcover – March 20, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press (March 20, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080185444X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801854446
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,246,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is history at its best, showing how easy it is to keep following the profession's timeworn habits instead of assessing them on their merits. Thomas goes on to discuss the complex results of the federal 1949 housing act, the failure of 'conservation' programs to revive neighborhoods and stem white flight, the 1967 civil disturbances, and the legacy of Mayor Coleman Young. Her treatment of what in many ways is a terrible story remains unwaveringly thoughtful." -- Planning

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"This is an extremely well-conceived and well-executed assessment of planning in Detroit from the 1940s through the early 1990s. It not only gives the reader a richly textured portrait of planning's rocky ride during this tumultuous era, but it also helps to explain why city leaders proved unable to halt the process of urban decline, even though there were so many resources thrown at the problem. This book can become one of the important new books in planning history, urban history, African-American history, and urban studies." -- Christopher Silver, Virginia Commonwealth University


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
A good review of urban planning in Detroit since the end of the Second World War. Although I don't always agree with the author's conclusions (and I admit a bias here, as my father was an urban planner for the City of Detroit during the period covered by the book), she has done an excellent job explaining a complicated and, perhaps, ultimately unmanagable process. Her documentation is excellent. My only complaint, and it is a minor one, is that, although the book is profusely illustrated with sketch maps showing the effects of different programs, it lacks an overall reference map of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan, which puts a reader not familiar with Detroit and it's geography at a distinct disadvantage at times in following the text.
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The book thoroughly covers the subject of race and its impact on urban planning, which is often ignored by main stream writers.
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GREAT book, very informative, I only wish Dr. Thomas had stayed on faculty at MSU for 1 more year so I could have taken her class on this subject. Those Wolverines don't know how lucky they have it.
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