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978-0-7391-4823-5 • Hardback • October 2010 • $116.00 • (£89.00)
978-0-7391-4824-2 • Paperback • June 2012 • $50.99 • (£39.00)
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James J. Connolly is professor of history and director of the Center for Middletown Studies at Ball State University.
Chapter 1 Can They Do It? The Capacity of Small Rust-Belt Cities to Reinvent Themselves in a Global Economy
Chapter 2 Model Cities, Mill Towns, and Industrial Peripheries: Small Industrial Cities in Twentieth-Century America
Chapter 3 From Satellite City to Burb of the 'Burgh: DeIndustrialization and community Identity in Steubenvill, Ohio
Chapter 4 Creating an "Image Center": Reimagining Omaha's Downtown and Riverfront, 1986-2003
Chapter 5 The Gravity of Capital: Spatial and Economic Transformation in Muncie, Indiana, 1917-1940
Chapter 6 Curing the Rustbelt?: Neoliberal Health Care, Class, and Race in Mansfield, Ohio
Chapter 7 Do Economic Growth Models Explain Midwest City Growth Differences?
Chapter 8 Explaining Household Income Patterns in Rural Midewestern Counties: The Importance of Being Urban
Chapter 9 Small, Green, and Good: The Role of Neglected Cities in a Sustainable Future
This compendium of essays looking at the impact of the new US economy upon the country's small to medium industrial cities asks whether or not such urban centers can make a successful transition to the global economy of the 21st century. Contributors examine smaller 20th-century industrial towns like Gary, Indiana, and Steubenville, Ohio, and the relationships to their larger, better-known regional powerhouses like Chicago and Pittsburgh. The essays trace the origins of the industries in the smaller cities as well as the problems confronting these cities in an era of deindustrialization in the late-20th-century US. The authors do a good job enumerating the challenges posed by change and describe the intellectual, cultural, and economic resources, or lack thereof, possessed by each individual city in meeting those challenges. An underlying theme is the complexity of the problems facing the cities involved. The book proffers a new way of tackling those problems through a more regional approach that moves away from the earlier urban model of a "Darwinian" competition among cities. A useful contribution to urban historiography. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.— Choice