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The Politics of Downtown Development: Dynamic Political Cultures in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Hardcover – July 23, 1998

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"Very clearly written and is full of interesting and compelling details. It is an important addition to the study of American urban politics and its mechanism of change." -- American Journal of Sociology

"Provides the analytical approach that may enable us to better understand urban progressivism across urban America." -- American Planning Association Journal

"Evinces the potential of a pathbreaking work that will inform research on the politics of planning in American cities for years to come." -- APA Journal

"To the long list of scholarly analyses of urban development, McGovern adds a major contribution.... McGovern's analysis of urban political culture offers a useful paradigm from analyzing other cities' economic development policies." -- Choice

"Tells a story in which the citizens affected by downtown development can force changes in land-use policy, and do so in a way that ensures the benefits of growth are shared equitably and capital does not grow wings and fly away." -- Journal of American Culture

"McGovern's excellent book fills an important gap in the literature on urban redevelopment." -- Susan S. Fainstein

"A lively and useful discussion of the different strategies employed in remaking two of America's downtowns." -- Washington History

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