Michael Gecan's After America's Midlife Crisis (Boston Review Books) PDF
By Michael Gecan
An established neighborhood organizer outlines how to opposite the fifty-year decline in social mobility and monetary development.
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Boat. The unwritten deal had a major downside: a license to steal, a root cause of the endemic corruption in Illinois. Second, the machine had to keep finding ways to deliver jobs, contracts, favors, and opportunities for profit to its most loyal supporters. Real estate, zoning, insurance, and title work have always been mainstays, as has tax assessment. Private and public colleges, including community colleges with construction and patronage opportunities, have played bigger and bigger roles. Hospitals and medical centers are today’s troughs.
Other whites accepted the instability of repeated neighborhood change for the stability of patronage employment. The city government that put food on the table took money from their savings accounts at Pioneer Bank and Talman Savings and Loan in the form of lost home equity. For more recent immigrants, the city has been stripped of opportunity in some places and sealed off in others. The Democratic machine and its allies have fought an increasingly costly rear-guard action for nearly half a century.
It was not engineered by a major after america’s midlife crisis builder like the legendary Robert Moses. And it was not the brainchild of a great corporate or financial titan. Building began locally, in some of the most forgotten corners of a city that was battling a virulent and advanced form of civic cancer. Renewal began in East Brooklyn and the South Bronx and Manhattan’s Washington Heights. In the late 1970s, a little known group called the Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) began rehabilitating apartment buildings in Washington Heights, one of the drug-ridden areas that Hollywood loved.