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City Making : Building Communities without Building Walls

City Making : Building Communities without Building Walls - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0691007427

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ISBN13: 978-0691007427
ISBN10: 069100742X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Published: 1999
International: No

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City Making : Building Communities without Building Walls - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0691007427

Gerald E. Frug

ISBN13: 978-0691007427
ISBN10: 069100742X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Princeton University Press

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

American metropolitan areas today are divided into neighborhoods of privilege and poverty, often along lines of ethnicity and race. City residents traveling through these neighborhoods move from feeling at home to feeling like tourists to feeling so out of place they fear for their security. As Gerald Frug shows, this divided and inhospitable urban landscape is not simply the result of individual choices about where to live or start a business. It is the product of government policies--and, in particular, the policies embedded in legal rules. A Harvard law professor and leading expert on urban affairs, Frug presents the first-ever analysis of how legal rules shape modern cities and outlines a set of alternatives to bring down the walls that now keep city dwellers apart.

Frug begins by describing how American law treats cities as subdivisions of states and shows how this arrangement has encouraged the separation of metropolitan residents into different, sometimes hostile groups. He explains in clear, accessible language the divisive impact of rules about zoning, redevelopment, land use, and the organization of such city services as education and policing. He pays special attention to the underlying role of anxiety about strangers, the widespread desire for good schools, and the pervasive fear of crime. Ultimately, Frug calls for replacing the current legal definition of cities with an alternative based on what he calls "community building"--an alternative that gives cities within the same metropolitan region incentives to forge closer links with each other.

An incisive study of the legal roots of today's urban problems, City Making is also an optimistic and compelling blueprint for enabling American cities once again to embrace their historic role of helping people reach an accommodation with those who live in the same geographic area, no matter how dissimilar they are.

Author Bio

Frug, Gerald E. : Harvard University

Gerald E. Frug is the Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law at Harvard University. He is the author of Local Government Law.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

PART ONE: THE CITY AS A LEGAL CONCEPT

1. City Powerlessness
2. A Legal History of Cities
3. Strategies for Empowering Cities

PART TWO: DECENTERING DECENTRALIZATION

4. The Situated Subject
5. The Postmodern Subject

PART THREE: THE GEOGRAPHY OF COMMUNITY

6. Community Building
7. City Land Use

PART FOUR. CITY SERVICES

8. Alternative Conceptions of City Services
9. Education
10. Police
11. Choosing City Services
Afterword
Notes
Index

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