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Justice and the American Metropolis$
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Clarissa Rile Hayward and Todd Swanstrom

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816676125

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816676125.001.0001

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Redevelopment Planning and Distributive Justice in the American Metropolis

Redevelopment Planning and Distributive Justice in the American Metropolis

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Justice and the American Metropolis

Susan S. Fainstein

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the redevelopment policy, intended to improve the quality and efficiency of existing cities and of suburbs. It examines the forces shaping American redevelopment policy and its outcomes. It then traces the history of government-sponsored redevelopment programs in the United States since the Housing Act of 1949, which set forth the federal Urban Renewal program. Redevelopment policy constitutes the principal place-targeted approach to bettering urban areas within the United States. Major programs for redevelopment have occurred under both local and national guidance and have involved a variety of strategies. Urban programs were envisioned as providing public investment so as to make cities competitive with suburbs and to replace dilapidated housing with high-quality residences.

Keywords:   redevelopment policy, quality, efficiency, cities, suburbs, United States, Housing Act of 1949, Urban Renewal program, housing

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