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Vergara, Camilo J.
New American ghetto.
New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©1995
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Camilo J Vergara
|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.|