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Why the garden club couldn't save Youngstown : the transformation of the Rust Belt

Author: Sean Safford
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this book, Sean Safford compares the recent history of Allentown, Pennsylvania, with that of Youngstown, Ohio." "Challenging various theoretical perspectives on regional socioeconomic change, Why the Garden Club Couldn't Save Youngstown argues that the structure of social networks among the cities' economic, political, and civic leaders accounts for the divergent trajectories of postindustrial regions. It offers  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sean Safford
ISBN: 9780674031760 0674031768
OCLC Number: 225874309
Description: 212 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Cities that worked --
The empirical puzzle : the postindustrial divergence of Allentown and Youngstown --
Historical antecedents : the divergence of social structures, 1743-1945 --
Two critical choices : invoking social structure in crises --
How Allentown got its groove back : rebuilding social infrastructure in the wake of economic crisis --
Conclusions and implications.
Responsibility: Sean Safford.
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