How East New York Became a Ghetto by Walter Thabit

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In response to the riots of the mid-‘60s, Walter Thabit was hired to work with the community of East New York to develop a plan for low- and moderate-income public housing. In the years that followed, he experienced first-hand the forces that had engineered East New York’s dramatic decline and that continued to work against its successful revitalization. How East New York Became a Ghetto describes the shift of East New York from a working-class immigrant neighborhood to a largely black and Puerto Rican neighborhood and shows how the resulting racially biased policies caused the deterioration of this once flourishing area.

A clear-sighted, unflinching look at one ghetto community, How East New York Became a Ghetto provides insights and observations on the histories and fates of ghettos throughout the United States.

 

About Walter Thabit

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Walter Thabithas 35 years of experience in housing, renewal, community planning, city planning, and anti-poverty projects. He lives in New York City. Frances Fox Piven is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Graduate School, City University of New York. She is coeditor of "Work, Welfare and Politics." Her other award-winning books include "Regulating the Poor, Why Americans Don't Vote," and "Poor People's Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail "(all with Richard Cloward).
 
Published August 1, 2003 by NYU Press reference. 321 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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