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

Author: Sean Safford
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. ; London : Harvard University Press, 2009.
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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
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sean Safford
ISBN: 9780674031760 0674031768
OCLC Number: 800956367
Description: 1 vol. (212 p.) ; 24 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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This book compares the recent history of Allentown, Pennsylvania, with that of Youngstown, Ohio. Sean Safford offers a probing historical explanation for the decline, fall, and unlikely rejuvenation  Read more...

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Safford offers a compelling account of the very different paths taken by Allentown and Youngstown in response to the 'rust belt' crisis of the 1980s. More generally, he contributes to the emerging Read more...

 
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