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The Origins of the Dual City: Housing, Race, and Redevelopment in Twentieth-Century Chicago

Joel Rast


Cities today are celebrated for their diversity, but they are also places of steep inequalities, including growing divides between middle- and upper-class neighborhoods and areas of extreme disadvantage. Chicago epitomizes this pattern, with its upscale, gentrified neighborhoods near downtown and along the lakefront, and its mostly Black, impoverished communities on the South and West Sides. More than ever, Chicago is a dual city, a condition that many of its residents and political leaders have come to take for granted. In The Origins of the Dual City, Joel Rast reveals today’s tacit acceptan ... More

Keywords: Chicago, urban renewal, slums, policy paradigms, gentrification, race, urban redevelopment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226661445
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226661612.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joel Rast, author
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee