City on the Verge

City on the Verge

Atlanta and the Fight for America's Urban Future

Book - 2017
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"Atlanta is on the verge of tremendous rebirth-or inexorable decline. A kind of Petri dish for cities struggling to reinvent themselves, Atlanta has the highest income inequality in the country, gridlocked highways, suburban sprawl, and a history of racial injustice. Yet it is also an energetic, brash young city that prides itself on pragmatic solutions. Today, the most promising catalyst for the city's rebirth is the BeltLine, which the New York Times described as "a staggeringly ambitious engine of urban revitalization." A long-term project that is cutting through forty-five neighborhoods ranging from affluent to impoverished, the BeltLine will complete a twenty-two-mile loop encircling downtown, transforming a massive ring of mostly defunct railways into a series of stunning parks connected by trails and streetcars. Acclaimed author Mark Pendergrast presents a deeply researched, multi-faceted, up-to-the-minute history of the biggest city in America's Southeast, using the BeltLine saga to explore issues of race, education, public health, transportation, business, philanthropy, urban planning, religion, politics, and community."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2017]
ISBN: 9780465054732
0465054730
Call Number: 307.3416 PENDERGRAST
Characteristics: 327 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Subjects: Atlanta (Ga.) -- History.
Social stratification -- Georgia -- Atlanta.
Urban policy -- Georgia -- Atlanta.
City planning -- Georgia -- Atlanta.
Community development -- Georgia -- Atlanta.
Urban renewal -- Georgia -- Atlanta.

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