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The Servant Class CityUrban Revitalization Versus the Working Poor in San Diego$
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David J. Karjanen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816694624

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816694624.001.0001

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Subsidizing Capital and Expanding Low-Wage Work

Subsidizing Capital and Expanding Low-Wage Work

(p.27) 1 Subsidizing Capital and Expanding Low-Wage Work
The Servant Class City

David J. Karjanen

University of Minnesota Press

The first chapter looks at the background of San Diego’s inner city revitalization, the targeting and subsidization of specific industries, and the politics involved in the process. Since the 1970s, growing inequality, declining economic mobility, and an erosion of standardized work and wages for most Americans has reshaped the postwar U.S. economy. The dominant shift throughout the 1980s and 1990s saw more neoliberal economic policies adopted at the federal level and below. These coincided or overlapped with urban devolution, reduced federal funding for urban renewal programs, a shift toward more conservative-favored efforts like enterprise zones, and the elimination of welfare as a system of income supports. All of these changes resulted in growing income inequality and greater economic and labor market polarization overall, and they left many inner-city residents isolated and with high rates of joblessness.

Keywords:   Urban revitalization, Urban poor, Working poor, Labor market, Social policy, America, San Diego, Economic inequality, Inner city, Unemployment

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