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House by House, Block by Block: The Rebirth of America's Urban Neighborhoods

3.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  27 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Not long ago, neighborhoods such as the South Bronx, South Central Los Angeles, and Boston's Roxbury were crime-ridden wastelands of vacant lots and burned-out buildings, notorious symbols of urban decay. In House by House, Block by Block, Alexander von Hoffman tells the remarkable stories of how local activists and community groups helped turn these areas around.
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Hardcover, 306 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Jaclyn
Mar 13, 2016 Jaclyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My reading of this book is highly personal and likely not replicable. I don't think others would give it four (or even three) stars, but this is my field, these are my businesses, my neighborhoods. I already have the vocabulary so reading Von Hoffman was familiar, comforting, and educational. I already had a lot of brain hooks on which to hang the information he presented. The writing is fine, as is the book's organization, and I suppose a case can be made that this is a good primer on case stud ...more
Frank Stein

Sure its just a collection of anecdotes, and the author has a maddening tendency to toss buckets of names into every other paragraph, but I doubt there's another book out there that can better describe the momentous sea change that took place in inner city neighborhoods in the 90s and early 00s.

While in the 1980s serious scholars were considering turning the South Bronx into a giant wildlife preserve, by 2000 a blizzard of programs, mainly from "Community Development Corporations" and the City
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Lily
Oct 05, 2013 Lily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting read, but parts of it was just too complicated for me to truly understand community organization. (Like what is a home equity?) I kind of know the gist of what happened, the general trends, the skeleton of how to turn a dying inner city economy or housing market around, but if you ask me to explain it...I couldn't.

Overall it was one of the more optimistic looks at the inner city that I've read. It as also not critical enough of gentrification for my taste.
Tech
Dec 03, 2011 Tech rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I took a course with the author in Fall of 2011, and this was on the syllabus. It reads like a series of case studies on community development, outlining many of the players and formal/informal processes that contributed to locally-driven community change in places like Chicago, Boston, and New York. If you're a fan of urban studies and are looking for something more illustrative than prescriptive, this is a really enjoyable read.
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