Confronting Urban Legacy: Rediscovering Hartford and New England's Forgotten Cities

Confronting Urban Legacy: Rediscovering Hartford and New England's Forgotten Cities

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Hardcover, Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc, 2013, ISBN13 9780739149423, ISBN10 0739149423
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Confronting Urban Legacy fills a critical lacuna in urban scholarship. As almost all of the literature focuses on global cities and megacities, smaller, secondary cities, which actually hold the majority of the world s population, are either critically misunderstood or unexamined in their entirety. This neglect not only biases scholars understanding of social and spatial dynamics toward very large global cities but also maintains a void in students learning. As there is particularly little systematic research on smaller New England cities, this book specifically explores the transformative relationship between globalization and urban transition in Hartford, Connecticut, while including crucial comparative chapters on other forgotten New England cities: Portland, Maine, along with Lawrence and Springfield, Massachusetts. Hartford s transformation carries a striking imprint of globalization that has been largely missed: from its 17th century roots as New England first inland colonial settlement, to its emergence as one of the world s most prosperous manufacturing and insurance metropolises, to its present configuration as one of America s poorest post-industrial cities, which by still retaining a globally lucrative FIRE Sector, is nevertheless surrounded by one of the nation s most prosperous metropolitan regions. The myriad of dilemmas confronting Hartford calls for this book to take an interdisciplinary approach. The editors introduction places Hartford in a global comparative perspective and justifies Hartford s crucial role in linking urban-global studies. Part I provides rich historical delineations of the many rises and (not quite) falls of Hartford, its suburbs, and Lawrence. Part II offers a broad contemporary treatment of Hartford by dissecting recent immigration and examining the demographic and educational dimensions of the city-suburban divide, bringing in the comparative case studies of Springfield and Portland. Finally, Part III unpacks Hartford s current social, economic, and political conjuncture and provides a prospective look at what the city could become. Using the lessons from this book on Hartford and other underappreciated secondary cities in New England, urban scholars, leaders, and residents alike can gain a number of essential insights both theoretical and practical.

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Number of Pages: 307
Original Languages: English
Author: Bacon, Nick ,  Chen, Xiangming
Book Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
ISBN-13: 9780739149423
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.50 x 1.00 Inches
ISBN-10: 0739149423
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