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Author McLaughlin, Carolyn, author.

Title South Bronx battles : stories of resistance, resilience, and renewal / Carolyn McLaughlin, foreword by David Gómez
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019]
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Description 1 online resource (xix, 342 pages)
Contents The South Bronx -- How the South Bronx became the poorest congressional district -- Why the South Bronx burned -- People fight back (1960s and 1970s) -- Progress, but plagues descend on the South Bronx :1980s -- Not yet paradise, but we've come a long way :1990s -- Many faces of success : 2000-2018 -- The Bronx was the last place : reflections on displacement and gentrification
Summary "The South Bronx has been the poorest congressional district in the U.S. for nearly forty years. While boroughs like Queens and Brooklyn have gentrified, the South Bronx is often still seen as a symbol of urban decay. But in fact, its residents--primarily people of color and including many immigrants--have made great progress in improving neighborhoods and creating a vibrant, diverse culture. Community activist Carolyn McLaughlin takes us on a journey through the South Bronx, from its past to its present, through the eyes of its community members. Facing the burned-out neighborhoods of the 1970s and 1980s, the community fought to prevent firehouse and hospital closures and expose redlining. McLaughlin illustrates the spirit of the community and its decades-long commitment to develop nonprofit housing and social-service agencies, and to advocate for better education, health care, and a cleaner environment. And for the South Bronx to remain a safe haven for poor families, McLaughlin asserts that maintaining affordable housing is the central--but most challenging--task. South Bronx Battles is the comeback story of a community that was once in crisis but now serves as a beacon for other cities to forge ahead, rebuild, and keep their neighborhoods affordable"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on January 21, 2020)
Subject Urban renewal -- New York (State)
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- General.
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Sociology -- Urban.
Urban renewal.
Bronx (New York, N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century
New York (State)
New York (State) -- New York -- Bronx.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Gomez, David, writer of forward.
LC no. 2018056144
ISBN 0520963806