Race, Class, and Urban Expansion

Larry Keating
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248 pages
6 x 9
15 tables, 7 maps, 7 figures

Troubling stories about private interests over public development in Atlanta

Read the Introduction and an excerpt from Chapter 2 (pdf).


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. What 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 have in common is a lack of democratic process. Instead, business and political elites ignored protests from neighborhood groups, the interests of the poor, and the advice of planners.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Tables
1. Introduction
2. Race, Class, and the Atlanta Economy
3. Race, Class, and the Atlanta Housing Market
4. Atlanta Politics and the Governing Elite
5. Redevelopment, Atlanta Style
7. The Olympics Era
8. Downtown Redevelopment During the Olympics Era
9. Conclusion

About the Author(s)

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 of Atlanta, which he co-founded in 1977.


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