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A Place to Live

A Place to Live

Chapter:
(p.33) Chapter Two A Place to Live
Source:
Bargaining for Brooklyn
Author(s):
Nicole P. Marwell
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226509082.003.0002

This chapter tells the story of what grew in the void left behind when the growth machine abandoned Williamsburg, Brooklyn—a neighborhood whose pre-World War II working-class, immigrant residents decamped for the suburbs during the 1950s—and what happened to its new, poorer denizens when the growth machine returned in the 1990s. It is a story that revolves around the activities of several community-based organizations devoted to seeking, creating, and protecting housing for poor local residents. It is also a story about how these organizations' ability to secure their constituents places to live has been facilitated and constrained by the particular manifestations of larger economic and political forces operating in the city.

Keywords:   Williamsburg, neighborhoods, poverty, growth machine, community-based organizations, housing

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