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Making the Unequal MetropolisSchool Desegregation and Its Limits$
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Ansley T. Erickson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226025254

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226025391.001.0001

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Metropolitan Visions of Segregation and Growth

Metropolitan Visions of Segregation and Growth

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(p.25) Chapter One Metropolitan Visions of Segregation and Growth
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Making the Unequal Metropolis
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Ansley T. Erickson

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226025391.003.0002

From the immediate post-World War II years through the early 1960s, urban renewal projects and suburban housing expansion became venues in which Nashville planners, developers, and education officials constructed schools, neighborhoods, and segregation together. Whether pursuing economic growth or idealized and racialized visions of community, they helped organize schools and segregation in metropolitan space in ways that confounded later efforts at desegregation. Economic growth boosters who encouraged urban renewal also imagined and ultimately secured the merger of the City of Nashville and Davidson County into the new Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, one of the first and most thorough metropolitan consolidations in the U.S. Although the government was now joined, the landscape and people remained deeply divided.

Keywords:   economic growth, planning, urban renewal, suburbs, metropolitan consolidation, segregation, space

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