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Race, Real Estate, and Uneven Development: The Kansas City Experience, 1900-2000 / Edition 1

Race, Real Estate, and Uneven Development: The Kansas City Experience, 1900-2000 / Edition 1

by Kevin Fox Gotham


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Examines how the real estate industry and federal housing policy facilitate the development of racial residential segregation.

Traditional explanations of metropolitan development and urban racial segregation have emphasized the role of consumer demand and market dynamics. In Race, Real Estate, and Uneven Development: The Kansas City Experience, 1900-2000, Kevin Fox Gotham reexamines the assumptions behind these explanations and offers a provocative new thesis. Using the Kansas City metropolitan area as a case study, Gotham provides both quantitative and qualitative documentation of the role of the real estate industry and the Federal Housing Administration, demonstrating how these institutions have promulgated racial residential segregation and uneven development. Gotham challenges contemporary explanations while providing fresh insights into the racialization of metropolitan space, the interlocking dimensions of class and race in metropolitan development, and the importance of analyzing housing as a system of social stratification.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791453780
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 07/18/2002
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Kevin Fox Gotham is Professor of Sociology at Tulane University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

1. Race, Real Estate, and Uneven Development: An Introduction

Housing as a System of Social Stratification
Race, Racism, and Racialization
Metropolitan Kansas City: An Overview
Constructing a Segregated Metropolis

2. The Racialization of Space: Restrictive Covenants and the Origins of Racial Residential Segregation

The Great Migration and the Rise of the Modern Real Estate Industry
Racial Restrictive Covenants and the Real Estate Industry

The Role of Community Builders
The Role of Homeowner Associations

The Legacy of Racial Restrictive Covenants

3. Federal Government, Community Builders, and the Development of the Modern Mortgage System

The Housing Act of 1934 and the Creation of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA)
Community Builders and the FHA
Racial Conflict and the Defense of Racial Space

4. Urban Renewal, Public Housing, and Downtown Redevelopment

A Housing Program for Slum Clearance
Local Implementation and Dislocating Effects
Explaining Postwar Urban Redevelopment

5. Building the Troost Wall: School Segregation, Blockbusting, and the Racial Transition of the Southeast Area

Racial Population Change in Southeast Kansas City, 1950-1975
School Segregation and Neighborhood Racial Transition
Blockbusting and Panic Selling

The Role of the Real Estate Board
Reflections and Experiences with Blockbusting

The Legacy of School Desegregation and Blockbusting

6. The Struggle for Fair Housing

Fair Housing and the Conflict over "Rights"
Housing Act of 1968 and the Section 235 Program

Local Implementation and Segregative Effects
Neighborhood Response and Disinvestment

Federal Housing Policy Retrenchment in the Post-Civil Rights Era
Fair Housing in Retrospect


Race, Housing, and the "New Racism"
Privatism, Real Estate, and the Future of Uneven Development


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