Residential Abandonment: The Tenement Landlord Revisited

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ABANDONMENT

The great English historian Henry Maitland once pointed out that simple explanations of social or natural phenomena are products of sophistication; of understanding what is truly essential and important as against those elements which are not really central to the act. In primitive societies phenomena are seen as one of a kind, each of them unique--so much so that each occurrence must be viewed as an entity together with all of the specific minutia that seemingly adhere to it. In a sense, the study of residential abandonment is still at this latter stage of analysis.

Detailed scholarship and thoroughgoing analysis have lagged behind reality. The phenomenon is just being recognized as one of importance and of broad sweep, not confined to a few discreet areas in a very few cities. Little comparative analysis in depth exists which permits distinguishing between the noise -- the one of a kind elements that are not central to the phenomenon -- and those factors which are truly related.

In the following material some of these difficulties will become evident. However, it is hoped that the data incorporated here will serve as a base line for future more sophisticated research.


ABANDONMENT: THE UNEVEN FIT
OF THE THEORETICAL BASE

One of the principal reasons for concern with abandonment is its devastating concentration in individual neighborhoods. The dynamics of neighborhood evolution are poorly understood. Conventional

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  • Title Page *
  • Table of Contents *
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • Introduction And Summary xii
  • Notes 1
  • 2 - The "Abandoners:" The Fabled Tenement Landlord 53
  • 3 - Those Who Remain: The New Minority Owners 97
  • 4 - Public Safety And Abandonment 137
  • 5 - Tax Delinquency And Abandonment 181
  • 6 - The "Low-End" Real Estate Sector 237
  • 7 269
  • Notes 352
  • Notes 353
  • Bibliography - Books 428
  • Index 434
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