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Progressive Cities and Neighborhood Planning
The Cornell University Library has created a digital collection on the subject "Progressive Cities and Neighborhood Planning." It consists of selections from and related to the physical collection of that name in the Library's Rare and Manuscript Collections.
The collection topic arises from the increasing inequities in modern societies and their implications for urban communities and neighborhoods. The research strategy in these studies has been to focus on cases where cities and neighborhood institutions have attempted redistributive policies and actions to reverse this trend. The hypothesis is that such policies and actions will reveal maldistributive mechanisms and point a path toward their reversal. The purpose of the present collections is to assemble and document the history of such efforts.
The physical collection in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections is housed at Cornell's Kroch Library, and its holdings are described in the online collection guide. Electronic copies of key documents from within and related to the physical collection are distributed here to provide wider public examination of them. The electronic collection is divided by topics covering diverse cities, neighborhoods within cities, organizations, and people.
There is also a web site, www.progressivecities.org, which posts commentary from time to time.
Sub-communities within this community
(University of Cambridge, 1992-03)Traces the emergence of redistributive and participatory policy from 1946 through the 1980s. Main features include neighborhood councils and services like municipal pharmacies, and management with local economic development ...
Steel and Southeast Chicago: Reasons and Opportunities for Industrial Renewal, A Research Report to the Mayor's Task Force on Steel and Southeast Chicago (Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research, Northwestern University, 1985-11)Reports the research effort by Chicago’s Task Force on Steel and Southeast Chicago (1984-86) done under the direction of Prof. Ann Markusen. The report describes the evolving structure of the U.S. and Chicago steel industry ...
(2006)Identifies two different urban policy regimes in Latin America—neoliberal and socialist—and traces their origins to the distinct interests and capacities of local elites and activists in the region’s cities in the mid-to-late ...
(1985)Economic strategy and analysis for the 32 borough Greater London Council. Includes an extended overview of the London economy and agencies responsible for implementation and further plans. The authors note the general ...
Building the Bridge to the High Road: Expanding Participation and Democracy in the Economy to Build Sustainable Communities (Center for Labor and Community Research, 2000)Describes the evolution of the Center for Labor and Community Research from Swinney’s 1970s practice as a shop floor labor organizer and toward a realization that changes in overall business structure had destroyed the ...