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“You'll never pull it off in this city”: Model Cities, Racial Conflict, and Local Industrial Policy

in The Problem of Jobs

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226560120
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226560144 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226560144.003.0009
“You'll never pull it off in this city”: Model Cities, Racial Conflict, and Local Industrial Policy

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This chapter focuses on the pessimism among the elite and working classes in Philadelphia during the 1960s and the 1970s despite the partial success of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) and the Opportunities Industrialization Centers Progress Movement. It explains that during this period, the state struggled with the same problems of racial conflict and economic dislocation that plagued other American cities. The chapter argues that although the PIDC made some progress in 1971, the best opportunities for local policies to redirect the course of Philadelphia's economy had in many respects passed with the end of the late-1960s economic boom.

Keywords: pessimism; elite; working class; Philadelphia; PIDC; racial conflict; economic dislocation

Chapter.  12615 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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