Public Policy and Black Neighborhood Decline

in God and Government in the Ghetto

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780226642062
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226642086 | DOI:
Public Policy and Black Neighborhood Decline

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This chapter focuses on the formation and decline of four black neighborhoods that became sites for church–state collaboration in New York City. Harlem, Bedford-Stuyvesant, South Jamaica, and Morrisania lost middle-class residents, jobs, investment and security during the 1960s and the situation worsened subsequent decades. Black clergy attributes the problems of the neighborhoods in the last three decades of the twentieth century to the limitations and flaws of city politics and black politicians in making government more responsive.

Keywords: black neighborhoods; church–state collaboration; New York City; black clergy; city politics; black politicians; Harlem; Bedford-Stuyvesant; South Jamaica; Morrisania

Chapter.  7432 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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