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South Bronx Rising: Rise Fall and Resurrection of an American City

4.34  ·  Rating Details  ·  35 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Jill Jonnes's recounting of the rise, fall, and resurrection of the Bronx has become a classic of urban history. In this new edition, she describes in a new final chapter the extraordinary and monumental rebuilding of the borough by the grass-roots groups that was just getting underway in 1984. The original book was hailed as a vivid history of the Bronx from its origins a ...more
Paperback, 481 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Fordham University Press
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Elizabeth
Jul 14, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
For anyone interested in the Bronx or urban sociology, this book is a must. It is not technical, yet specific enough to give the layperson an idea of how a community can go from farmland to burning destruction in 70 years. The speed with which the Bronx grew and fell is breathtaking.
This book is out of print, but well worth grabbing a copy from a used book seller before it disappears (I would urge Fordham University Press to keep it in print or at least make an eBook of it).
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Abraham
May 09, 2007 Abraham rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the bronx history
The bronx has a very interesting background. The book starts with the first immigrant group that came to the bronx and follow along with the subsequent transitions in demographics.

She provides a history of how the bronx started from a high point all the way down to it's horrible condition in the 80s and then slowly back up to where it is now and where it continues to improve.
maxwell
Apr 07, 2008 maxwell rated it liked it
An excellent time line of how the South Bronx went from working class neighborhoods to "the worst slum in America," unfortunately I found a serious lack of critical analysis around race, Giuliani's "broken windows" policing effort, the real estate industry, and other issues.
Jay
Feb 12, 2008 Jay rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jay by: ira travis
seriously amazing. just read about the 60's and 70's, unless you are jewish. or like to read about jews.
Liz
Mar 13, 2008 Liz rated it really liked it
This was my techincal-historical intro to the Bronx. A little dry, but good if you're into history.
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Feb 16, 2012 Patrick Butler rated it it was amazing
Nice to read about people I know who made it a better place
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