Philadelphia: Neighborhoods, Division, and Conflict in a Postindustrial City

Synopsis

Philadelphia is a patchwork of the political and economic changes dating back to 1683. Having been re-created repeatedly, each era of the city's development includes elements of the past. In this book, the authors describe the city's evolution into a post-industrial metropolis of old communities and newly expended neighborhoods, in which remnants of 19th-century industries can be seen in today's residential areas. This book explores a wide range of issues impacting upon Philadelphia's post-industrial economy-trends in housing and homelessness, the business community, job distribution, a disintegrating political structure, and increased racial, class, and neighborhood conflict. The authors examine the growth of the service sector, the disparity in the city's urban renewal program that has enriched center city but left most neighborhoods in need, and they evaluate the realistic prospects for regional solutions to some of the problems facing Philadelphia and its suburbs. Author note: Carolyn Adams teaches in the Geography and Urban Studies Department at Temple University. >P> David Bartelt teaches at the Institute for Public Policy Studies at Temple University. >P>David Elesh is Professor of Sociology, Temple University. >P>Ira Goldstein teaches at the Institute for Public Policy Studies, Temple University. >P> Nancy Kleniewski teaches Sociology at State University of New York, Geneseo. >P>William Yancey is Professor of Sociology, Temple University.