The Urban Origins of Suburban Autonomy
By (author) Richardson Dilworth
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Urban Origins of Suburban Autonomy by Richardson Dilworth
Book DescriptionUsing the urbanized area that spreads across northern New Jersey and around New York City as a case study, this book presents a convincing explanation of metropolitan fragmentation--the process by which suburban communities remain as is or break off and form separate political entities. The process has important and deleterious consequences for a range of urban issues, including the weakening of public finance and school integration. The explanation centers on the independent effect of urban infrastructure, specifically sewers, roads, waterworks, gas, and electricity networks. The book argues that the development of such infrastructure in the late nineteenth century not only permitted cities to expand by annexing adjacent municipalities, but also further enhanced the ability of these suburban entities to remain or break away and form independent municipalities. The process was crucial in creating a proliferation of municipalities within metropolitan regions.The book thus shows that the roots of the urban crisis can be found in the interplay between technology, politics, and public works in the American city.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674015319
(235mm x 155mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 25-Feb-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Richardson Dilworth
Cities in American Political History, Hardback (November 2011)
Profiling the ten most populous cities in the United States during ten critical eras of political development, this title presents a singular focus on American cities, their government and politics, industry, commerce, labor, and race and ethnicity.
City in American Political Development, Paperback (April 2009)» View all books by Richardson Dilworth
There are nearly 20,000 general-purpose municipal governments - cities - in the United States, employing more people than the federal government. This book shows how the American city demonstrates durable shifts in governing authority throughout the nation's history.
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Author Biography - Richardson Dilworth
Richardson Dilworth is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Drexel University.
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