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Neoliberal Chicago$
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Larry Bennett, Roberta Garner, and Euan Hague

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040597

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040597.001.0001

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Remaking Chicago’s Industrial Spaces

Remaking Chicago’s Industrial Spaces

(p.141) Chapter 6 Remaking Chicago’s Industrial Spaces
Neoliberal Chicago

Carrie Breitbach

, Larry Bennett, Roberta Garner, Euan Hague
University of Illinois Press

This chapter recounts deindustrialization and redevelopment plans at the site of a former steel mill in Southeast Chicago over a period of approximately two decades. Beginning with an overview of the foundation of the working-class landscapes that were built up around the steel mill, the chapter charts the plant’s closure, then follows shifts in city policy and rhetoric accompanying various iterations of redevelopment plans. This narrative chronicles the rise of a neoliberal economic base dependent on real estate and other tertiary sectors, instead of industry, and it makes an argument for the necessity of community input into redevelopment schemes.

Keywords:   neoliberalism, Chicago, Southeast Chicago, steel industry, deindustrialization, redevelopment, working-class landscape

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