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Lizabeth Cohen: Struggling to Save America’s Cities in the Suburban Age: Urban Renewal Revisited
October 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
Living Democracy Talk: Struggling to Save America’s Cities in the Suburban Age: Urban Renewal Revisited with Lizabeth Cohen
𝘍𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘥; 𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘳𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘡𝘰𝘰𝘮 𝘸𝘦𝘣𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘳 𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘬.
Urban Renewal of the 1950s through 1970s has acquired a very poor reputation, much of it deserved. But reducing it to an unchanging story of urban destruction misses some important legacies and genuinely progressive goals. Those include efforts to create more socially mixed communities, to involve suburbs—not just cities—in solving metropolitan inequality, and most importantly, to hold the federal government responsible for funding more affordable housing and other urban investments, rather than turn to the private sector. Cohen will revisit this history by following the long career of Edward J. Logue, who worked to revitalize New Haven in the 1950s, became the architect of the “New Boston” in the 1960s, and later led innovative organizations in New York at the state level and in the South Bronx. She will analyze the evolution in Logue’s thinking and actions, when and how he met resistance and accommodation by communities, and what he and many others who cared about cities learned in facing the challenges of urban revitalization during the suburban boom of the second half of the 20th century. Amid substantial challenges today in the realms of racial injustice, public health, economic viability, and urban resilience, it is more important than ever that we reexamine the history of efforts—successful and failed—to keep American cities vital. 𝘈𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘘&𝘈 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘧𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸.
Lizabeth Cohen is the Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies and a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of History at Harvard. Her most recent book is 𝘚𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘈𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢’𝘴 𝘊𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘴: 𝘌𝘥 𝘓𝘰𝘨𝘶𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘙𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘜𝘳𝘣𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘶𝘣𝘶𝘳𝘣𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘨𝘦 (October 2019), winner of the Bancroft Prize. It examines the benefits and costs of the shifting strategies for rebuilding American cities after World War II by following the career of urban redeveloper Edward J. Logue, who oversaw major renewal projects in New Haven, Boston, and New York State from the 1950s through the 1980s. Cohen has been a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is also a former president of the Urban History Association.
To learn more about or purchase a copy of 𝘚𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘈𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢’𝘴 𝘊𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘴: 𝘌𝘥 𝘓𝘰𝘨𝘶𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘙𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘜𝘳𝘣𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘶𝘣𝘶𝘳𝘣𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘨𝘦, please visit Chaucer’s Books online.
𝘚𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘐𝘏𝘊’𝘴 Living Democracy 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴; 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘐𝘏𝘊’𝘴 𝘏𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘺 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘷𝘦𝘵𝘻 𝘔𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘌𝘯𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵; 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘜𝘊𝘚𝘉 𝘉𝘭𝘶𝘮 𝘊𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘯 𝘗𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘺, 𝘐𝘯𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘋𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘤𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘺; 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘜𝘊𝘚𝘉 𝘋𝘦𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘏𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺
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