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The Origins of the Dual CityHousing, Race, and Redevelopment in Twentieth-Century Chicago$
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Joel Rast

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226661445

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226661612.001.0001

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New Institutions for a New Governing Agenda

New Institutions for a New Governing Agenda

(p.122) Chapter Five New Institutions for a New Governing Agenda
The Origins of the Dual City

Joel Rast

University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on the push for institutional change that accompanied the shift from the paradigm of privatism to that of public-private redevelopment partnerships in mid-twentieth century Chicago. The fragmentation of the city’s institutional arrangements posed an obstacle to the new slum clearance and redevelopment program, since execution of projects required centralized decision making and limited opportunities to delay and obstruct projects. The chapter describes the decade-long effort to consolidate the city’s various agencies involved with the city’s redevelopment program in one department, eliminating inefficiencies and making the obstruction of projects more difficult. The chapter findings support the argument that the prospects for new policy paradigms are determined in part by their fit with a city’s institutional arrangements.

Keywords:   Metropolitan Housing and Planning Council, Ferd Kramer, Chicago Land Clearance Commission, Holman Pettibone, Department of Urban Renewal, Chicago Housing Authority, Citizens of Greater Chicago, Richard J. Daley

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