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The new American ghetto

Author: Camilo J Vergara
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©1995.
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The New American Ghetto provides an exploration, over nearly two decades, of ghettos in New York, Newark, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, and smaller cities. Camilo Jose Vergara chronicles, through photographs and text, the profound transformations experienced by these places since the riots of the 1960s. He provides direct observations of urban landscapes and interiors, from residential areas and institutions to  Read more...
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Vergara, Camilo J.
New American ghetto.
New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©1995
(OCoLC)952006769
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Camilo J Vergara
ISBN: 0813522099 9780813522098
OCLC Number: 31782071
Description: xvii, 235 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: Introduction. A brief history ; The stigma of the ghetto ; Memories and blame --
The ghetto cityscape. Behind ghetto walls, a common fate ; Fragments of the past preserved ; Nature taking over ; Views from high places ; The doors of the ghetto ; Street dogs --
Housing. New York City Housing Authority projects ; Chicago Housing Authority projects ; "Failed buildings": the Scudder Homes, Newark ; Requiem for Columbus Homes ; Park Avenue, South Bronx ; 178th Street and Vyse Avenue, South Bronx ; New Street and Newark Street, Newark ; Townhouses --
Commerce and industry. Avenues of memory ; Businesses ; New uses for bank buildings ; Gone out of business ; Inner-city factories: from boom to bust --
Our fortified ghettos. Defended homes ; Defended institutions ; The U.S. Post Office in high-crime areas ; Looking for security, not appearance: day care and senior citizens' centers resembling prisons ; Defended commercial facilities ; Defended churches ; Old public buildings, new public buildings ; Citadels: hospitals, colleges, and universities --
We are here. Fleeting images, permanent presences: the visual language of the Latino ghetto ; Domestic interiors ; Resistance to degradation: representations of black power and black pride ; American graffiti ; Street memorials: "People saying good-bye in the only way they can" ; Commercial signs ; Storefront churches as designs ; The space of play: playgrounds, empty lots, and the streets ; An ark in which to flee the ghetto --
The impact of addictions and homelessness. "Tap the bottle": Chicago billboards advertising liquor ; Drugs: warning and addicts ; Methadone clinics, New York City ; Abandoned buildings, a billboard, and park benches as home ; Buildings adapted as shelters: hospitals, schools, banks, and stores ; New York's new shelters --
Ghettos transformed. Dispatches from the Los Angeles ghettos ; Visions and shadows: "reinventing" Chicago and Gary, 1994 --
Conclusion: No solution in sight. Ruins ; Detroit waits for the millennium ; American Acropolis or vacant land? The future of Detroit's pre-Depression skyscrapers --
Appendix: The new American ghetto archive.
Responsibility: Camilo José Vergara.

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Illustrated with hundreds of photographs of urban America, this work portrays the stark devastation wrought over the last 30 years in the inner city. Wishing to provide a visual record for future  Read more...

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