Black on the Block: The Politics of Race and Class in the by Mary Pattillo

By Mary Pattillo

In Black at the Block, Mary Pattillo—a Newsweek Woman of the twenty first Century—uses the historical upward thrust, alarming fall, and both dramatic renewal of Chicago’s North Kenwood–Oakland local to discover the politics of race and sophistication in modern city America.
           There was once a time while North Kenwood–Oakland used to be tormented by gangs, medications, violence, and the font of poverty from which they sprang. yet within the past due Nineteen Eighties, activists rose as much as take on the social difficulties that had plagued the realm for many years. Black at the Block tells the notable tale of ways those citizens laid the basis for a revitalized and self-consciously black local that keeps to flourish at the present time. yet theirs isn't really a story of simple consensus and political harmony, and right here Pattillo teases out the divergent type pursuits that experience come to outline black groups like North Kenwood–Oakland. She explores the usually heated battles among haves and have-nots, householders and condo dwellers, and rookies and old-timers as they conflict over the social implications of gentrification. alongside the best way, Pattillo highlights the conflicted yet the most important position that middle-class blacks play in remodeling such districts as they negotiate among tested facilities of white fiscal and political strength and the desires in their much less lucky black neighbors. “A century from now, while today's sociologists and reporters are airborne dirt and dust and their books are too, those that are looking to comprehend what the hell occurred to Chicago might be discovering the reply during this one.”—Chicago Reader
 
“To see how variety creates unusual and infrequently awkward bedfellows . . . flip to Mary Pattillo's Black at the Block.”—Boston Globe

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This book is not a study of the causes and consequences of gentrification. While I attend to many of the factors that have been raised in the literature as causing gentrification, such as the bottoming out of rents and home prices and the role of public sector inputs, I do not try to pinpoint what caused North Kenwood–Oakland to become attractive to middle- and upper-income African Americans at the particular time that it did. And whereas I am interested in some of the effects of gentrification, this is not a study of the most controversial purported consequence of gentrification—displacement.

The reenactment was front-page news in the next day’s paper. Above a picture of Nixon and Hicks was the caption “Two Re-enact Sex Slaying of Mrs. Johnson” (see fig. 8). 37 Aside from its many tragic contours, the murder of Florence Johnson is significant because it represented and fueled the fears of white residents in neighborhoods that bordered the expanding Black Belt. The previously invisible but impermeable walls around these white neighborhoods now seemed dreadfully porous, allowing in blacks of all ilks.

While I attend to many of the factors that have been raised in the literature as causing gentrification, such as the bottoming out of rents and home prices and the role of public sector inputs, I do not try to pinpoint what caused North Kenwood–Oakland to become attractive to middle- and upper-income African Americans at the particular time that it did. And whereas I am interested in some of the effects of gentrification, this is not a study of the most controversial purported consequence of gentrification—displacement.

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