Atlanta: Race, Class And Urban Expansion

Atlanta: Race, Class And Urban Expansion

by Larry Keating

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Atlanta, the epitome of the New South, is a city whose economic growth has transformed it from a provincial capital to a global city, one that could bid for and win the 1996 Summer Olympics. Yet the reality is that the exceptional growth of the region over the last twenty years has exacerbated inequality, particularly for African Americans. Atlanta, the city of Martin Luther King, Jr., remains one of the most segregated cities  in the United States.

Despite African American success in winning the mayor's office and control of the City Council, development plans have remained in the control of private business interests. Keating  tells  a number of  troubling stories. The development of the Underground Atlanta, the construction of the rapid rail system (MARTA), the building of a new stadium for the Braves, the redevelopment of public housing, and the arrangements for the Olympic Games all share a lack of democratic process. Business and political elites ignored protests from neighborhood groups, the interests of the poor, and the advice of planners.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439904497
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 05/03/2010
Series: Comparitive American Cities
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 248
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Larry Keating is Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Institute of Technology. He has worked with Atlanta low-income neighborhood groups and community development corporations for over twenty years, usually through the Community Design Center for Atlanta, which he co-founded in 1977.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Tables


  1. Atlanta Metropolitan Region

  2. Directions of Growth, Atlanta Metropolitan Region, 1980-1998

  3. Atlanta Edge Cities

  4. Census Black Groups More Than 80 Percent Black, Atlanta Metropolitan Region, 1990

  5. Atlanta's Central Neighborhoods

  6. Summerhill / Peoplestown / Mechanicsville and Surrounding Neighborhoods

  7. Techwood / Clark-Howell Homes (Now Centennial Place) and Surrounding Neighborhoods


  1. Number of Jobs by Industry, Atlanta Region, 1980 and 1998

  2. Population, Atlanta Region, 1980 and 1998

  3. 1980 and 1990 Distribution of Occupations by Race and Sex, Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area

  4. Atlanta Regional Unemployment Rates, 1980 and 1990

  5. Atlanta and Regional Ratio of Black to White Unemployment

  6. Atlanta and Regional Labor-Force Participation Rates (Percent), 1980 and 1990

  7. Inequality in Household Income by Race and Family Type, Atlanta Region and City of Atlanta, 1980 and 1990

  8. Inequality in Family Income Between Predominantly Black and White Atlanta Census Tracts, 1950 to 1990

  9. Residential Dissimilarity of Blacks and  Whites, 1940 to 1990

  10. Inequality in Housing Values Among Predominantly Black and White Atlanta Census Tracts, 1950 to 1990

  11. Inequality in Incidence of  Housing  for Which More Than 25 Percent of Income is Paid for Rent, Atlanta, 1970
         to 1990

  12. Inequality in Overcrowded Housing Among Predominantly White and Black Atlanta Census Tracts, 1950 to 1990

  13. Degree of Inequality (Coefficient of Variation) Among Predominantly White and Black Atlanta Census Tracts,
        1950 to 1990

  14. Geographic Concentration of Poverty Among Blacks and Whites in Atlanta

  15. Government Expenditures in Support of the 1996 Olympic Games (Figures in Millions of Dollars)

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