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Claiming Neighborhood: New Ways of Understanding Urban Change

John J Betancur and Janet L Smith


Based on historical case studies in Chicago, this book focuses on both the theoretical and practical explanations for why neighborhoods change today. It shows that a diverse collection of people including urban policy experts, elected officials, investors, resident leaders, institutions, community-based organizations, and many others compete to control how neighborhood change is characterized. The book argues that neighborhoods have become sites of consumption and spaces to be consumed. Discourse is used to add and subtract value from them. The romanticized image of “the neighborhood” exaggera ... More

Keywords: neighborhood, consumption, race, class struggles, diversity, urban space, Chicago, neighborhood change, income mixing, community-based organizations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040504
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040504.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John J Betancur, author

Janet L Smith, author