The book broadens our understanding of how late-twentieth-century American cities are adjusting to declining regional industries. It may serve as a model for additional analysis of the impact and direction of postindustrial economic forces and for evaluation of the important policy choices facing political, business, and cultural leaders.
This volume traces the major decisions, events, programs, and personalities that transformed the city of Pittsburgh during its urban renewal project, which began in 1977. Roy Lubove demonstrates how the city showed united determination to attract high technology companies in an attempt to reverse the economic fallout from the decline of the local steel industry. Lubove also separates the successes from the failures, the good intentions from the actual results.
This slim volume should be of interest not only to historians but also to community planners, social scientists, and non-academics with a serious interest in cities. Its primary concern is not with the growth of Pittsburgh, but with those who sought to change the city's physical environment. . . . A useful, timely, and provocative contribution to the growing literature on community planning in the twentieth century.
Readers will find Lubove's narrative fascinating to read not only because he tells Pittsburgh's story well but because they will find numerous events in it similar to those which occurred in their own cities, but commonly without having such dramatic outcomes.
Roy Lubove, was professor of social welfare and history at the University of Pittsburgh and the author of several books, including: The Progressives and the Slums; Social Welfare in Transition: Selected English Documents, 1834Ð1909and Community Planning in the 1920s: The Contribution of the Regional Planning Association of America.