Latino Urbanism

Latino Urbanism : The Politics of Planning, Policy and Redevelopment

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The nation's Latina/o population has now reached over 50 million, or 15% of the estimated total U.S. population of 300 million, and a growing portion of the world's population now lives and works in cities that are increasingly diverse. Latino Urbanism provides the first national perspective on Latina/o urban policy, addressing a wide range of planning policy issues that impact both Latinas/os in the US, as well as the nation as a whole, tracing how cities develop, function, and are affected by socio-economic change. The contributors are a diverse group of Latina/o scholars attempting to link their own unique theoretical interpretations and approaches to political and policy interventions in the spaces and cultures of everyday life. The three sections of the book address the politics of planning and its historic relationship with Latinas/os, the relationship between the Latina/o community and conventional urban planning issue sand challenges, and the future of urban policy and Latina/o barrios. Moving beyond a traditional analysis of Latinas/os in the Southwest, the volume expands the understanding of the important relationships between urbanization and Latinas/os including Mexican Americans of several generations within the context of the restructuring of cities, in view of the cultural and political transformation currently encompassing the nation.
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  • Electronic book text | 240 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • New York University Press
  • New York, United States
  • 0814724833
  • 9780814724835

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Acknowledgments 1. Introduction David R. Diaz and Rodolfo D. Torres2. Barrios and Planning Ideology: The Failure of Suburbia and the Dialectics of New Urbanism David R. Diaz3. Aesthetic Belonging: The Latinization and Renewal of Union City, New Jersey Johana Londono4. Placing Barrios in Housing Policy Kee Warner5. Urban Redevelopment and Mexican American Barrios in the Socio-Spatial Order Nestor Rodriguez6. A Pair of Queens: La Reina de Los Angeles, the Queen City of Charlotte, and the New (Latin) American South Jose L. S. Gamez7. Fostering Diversity: Lessons from Integration in Public Housing Silvia Dominguez8. Mexican Americans and Environmental Justice: Change and Continuity in Mexican American Politics Benjamin Marquez9. After Latino Metropolis: Cultural Political Economy and Alternative FuturesVictor Valle and Rodolfo D. TorresAbout the Contributors Index
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"By placing Latinos at the forefront of contemporary urban planning this groundbreaking collection confronts the historical marginalization of Latinos in urban planning making evidently clear that critical Latino studies has much to offer to current debates around sustainable development, planning and urban studies and that Latino studies' theoretical and conceptual insights must be central to any consideration of the future of American cities." -Arlene Davila,author of Culture Works: Space, Value, and Mobility Across the Neoliberal Americas "This vital collection of essays is a manifesto for the Latino/a ciudadano-or citizen-and should catalyze a much-needed conversation among elected officials, urban planners, activists and scholars. With subtle theoretical insights and practical research from leaders in ethnic studies, architecture, urban planning, environmental studies, sociology and political science, this sweet fruit of interdisciplinary Latino/a studies speaks to the most pressing policy dilemmas of our time, including migration, housing and environmental injustice. Torres and Diaz's volume shows how a long history of Latino urbanism has made and will make the city-the dwelling place of the world's majority-more liveable for all." -Laura Lomas,author of Translating Empire: Jose Marti, Migrant Latino Subjects, and American Modernities
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