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  •  It's all out in the open, and has been (4+ / 0-)
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    BobboSphere, glitterscale, seabos84, JanL

    for a long time. The facts are all out there, for anyone with an internet connection, or a library card.

    It constantly amazes me that Jane Jacobs published a book, "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" in 1961, that thoroughly documents the bankers' willful depredation of minority neighborhoods, by their refusal to extend credit and by bankers' and politicians enactment of racist "renewal" policies to destroy these neighborhoods. That book came out, again, in 1961. And people wonder today why "there's so much crime in black neighborhoods."

    It's all tied-in with the charter-school movement, of course, and "choice" and "accountability" and every other corporate-educational-reform buzz-word they throw around today.

    Thanks for the diary.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 02:37:01 PM PDT

    •  I really need to read the Jane Jacobs book (2+ / 0-)
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      Chicagoans have gotten a real education about the socio-economics of modern capitalism in the past year. From Occupy Chicago to the CTU strike, our power structure researchers have been ferreting out the pieces of the puzzle and putting them together.

      Jackson Potter of the CTU gives a lot of credit to Stand Up Chicago which led large marches of labor and community activists into the LaSalle Street financial district to cast the klieg lights on the predatory big banks and the Board of Trade.

      "Don't believe everything you think."

      by BobboSphere on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 02:55:20 PM PDT

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      •  To be fair, Jane Jacobs (5+ / 0-)

        was writing mostly about NYC. But I think her analysis was applicable to most big cities. She was an NYC housewife in the 1950s who got into attending City Council meetings in Manhattan. This lead her to do some basic research, and to make connections. Hence, her first book. (She was to write several others.)

        I really had my eyes opened, big-time, to the destructiveness of racist "urban renewal" policies OK'd by city politicians in the decades since WWII. In big metropolitan areas, we are still recovering. Poor minority neighborhoods are magnets for crime and blight today, precisely because of this official malfeasance.

        It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

        by karmsy on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 03:04:02 PM PDT

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