The Fall of the Industrial City: The Reagan Legacy for Urban Policy

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Vol: 19, Issue: 1

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Stoesz, David
American Politics; Social Work; Urban Studies and Planning
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The Reagan presidency reversed a half-century of federal aid to cities. Poor minority comnnunities were particularly hard-hit, since this was accompanied by a white flight to the suburbs and the replacement of better paying industrial jobs requiring little education with poorer paying service jobs requiring iore education. Meanwhile wealthy communities prospered. To address urgent social problems, urban politicians are advocating strategies such as industrial policy, public entrepreneurship, and guerrilla welfare.