Snowbelt Cities

Snowbelt Cities

Metropolitan Politics in the Northeast and Midwest since World War II
Edited by Richard M. Bernard
Distribution: World
Publication date: 6/1/1990
Format: cloth 288 pages
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-31177-1
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“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.

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Table of Contents


I. Introduction
Snowbelt Politics
Richard M. Bernard

II. Baltimore
Southern Culture and a Northern Economy
Joseph L. Arnold

III. Boston
Back to the Politics of the Future
Mark I. Gelfand

IV. Chicago
The Cook County Democratic Organization and the Dilemma of Race, 1931-1987 Arnold R. Hirsch

V. Cincinnati
The New Urban Politics: Planning and Development in Cincinnati, 1954-1988
Zane L. Miller and Bruce Tucker

VI. Cleveland
The Struggle for Stability
Thomas. F. Campbell

VII. Indianapolis
Silver Buckle on the Rust Belt
Robert G. Barrows

VIII. A City in the Middle
John Clayton Thomas

IX. Milwaukee
The Death and Life of a Midwester Metropolis
Richard M. Bernard

X. New York
A Tale of Two Cities
Daniel J. Walkowitz

XI. Philadelphia
The Private City in the Post-Industrial Era
Carolyn Teich Adams

XII. Pittsburgh
Rebuiding a City: The Pittsburgh Model
Michael P. Weber

XIII. Washington
The Black Majority: Race and Politics in the Nation’s Capital
Steven J. Diner