“A major contribution to the literature on changing US regionalism, the volume is handsomely produced and thoroughly documented.” —Choice
“ . . . useful and well researched . . . ” —American Politics Review
“This is an excellent book for use in the course on comparative urban development . . . It is a book that should be read by any urbanist who believes that a historical orientation is the best prelude for understanding the future of urban development into the 21st century.” —Urban Studies
Specialists in urban history and urban affairs join forces to compare the recent political histories of twelve major northeastern and midwestern cities. These excellent essays delineate intricate patterns of political competition among leaders of competing groups, who generally agree on a pro-business, pro-growth agenda, as in the Sunbelt. The realtive power of nonbusiness groups, however, sets these northern cities apart from those of the Sunbelt and has formed the basis of the Snowbelt’s postwar politics.