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ISBN: 0813522536
Author: David Kirp
Language: English
Publisher: Rutgers University Press; 1st edition (January 1, 1996)
Pages: 267
Category: Social Sciences
Subcategory: Politics
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Our Town: Race, Housing,. has been added to your Cart. DAVID L. KIRP, a professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of Just Schools: Race and Schooling in America, Gender Justice, and Learning by Heart: AIDS and Schoolchildren in America's Communities (Rutgers University Press), and a regular contributor to Harper's, The Nation, the Atlantic Monthly, and the New York Times. JOHN P. DWYER, John H. Boalt professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley, is a nationally recognized authority on environmental law and housing policy and law.

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For David Kirp, a gifted storyteller and journalist, the concept of community stretches beyond a cliched figure of.Kirp (public policy, Univ Читать весь отзыв.

For David Kirp, a gifted storyteller and journalist, the concept of community stretches beyond a cliched figure of speech to describe what happens when people make decisions that reshape one another's lives. He has collected a fascinating variety of such stories from across America to re-create the immediate experience of community-tales that signify in their particulars, giving meaning to the much bandied-about idea of civic virtue.

It is a case study of judicial activism and its consequences and an analysis of suburban attitudes regarding race, class and property.

Kirp, David . Dwyer, and Larry A. Rosenthal Our Town: Race, Housing, and the Soul of Suburbia. Suburbia Reconsidered: Race, Politics, and Prosperity in the Twentieth Century. Journal of Social History 39, no. 1 (Fall 2005): 229–44. Pattillo-McCoy, Mary. Rutgers University Press, 1995. Kruse, Kevin M. White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism.

Suburbs under Siege: Race, Space and Audacious Judges. Princeton University Press, 1996. Our Town: Race, Housing, and the Soul of Suburbia. By David L. Kirp, John P. Rosenthal.

An account of the legal battle to open up New Jersey's suburbs to the poor, looking at the views of lawyers on both sides of the controversy. It is a case study of judicial activism and its consequences and an analysis of suburban attitudes regarding race, class and property.

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Venemarr
The Mount Laurel cases reshaped affordable housing policy in New Jersey, and ultimately across the nation. Learn how a struggling African American community fought to preserve their place in a suburbanizing rural town--the onetime Quaker Underground Railroad station of Mt. Laurel, NJ.
Doomwarden
"Our Town" is a poignant and powerful legal thriller. This is perhaps a surprising way to characterize a work by UCal, Berkeley policy wonks, published by one of the lesser known university presses, but this book deserves the widest possible readership. It tells the epic, heroic, heart-rending, and true story of the attempt to bring fair housing policy to New Jersey, the most suburban state in the country, and by extension, the most representative of American housing trends. It tells the story of an attempt by the African-American community of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey - a community whose origins date back to the colonial period - to create affordable housing in what was then, in 1968, a largely rural, white township of southern New Jersey. In response to thier request for the necesary zoning approval, the then mayor of Mt. Laurel (and wealthy farmer and late state senator) William Haines told the black community of Mt. LAurel: "if you people cannot afford to live in our town, then you will have to move." (this is a quotation from memory). The legals battles that followed over the next 25 years were epochal for New Jersey and for the country. This story is an epic (not unlike Jonathan Harr's book about the toxic wazste dumps in Massachusetts, A Civil Action) with genuine heroes such as Ethel Lawrence , the black New Jersey woman who led the fight, and even NJ supreme court justices who saw through the racism of Mt Laurel officials and the subtler but equally insidious intransigence of NJ governor Thomas Kean, who, for my money, is the worst villain of the lot. (I am, by the way, a New Jerseyan myself).Everyone who care about racial justice in America should find this book worthwhile. For an essentialy academic study, it is astonishingly moving. I read it in hardcover, when it first came out, mainly because I was attracted by its stylish cover, but it is the kind of book I actively recommend to my friends and family.

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