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Latino CityImmigration and Urban Crisis in Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1945-2000$
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Llana Barber

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469631349

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631349.001.0001

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The Armpit of the Northeast?

The Armpit of the Northeast?

(p.184) Six The Armpit of the Northeast?
Latino City

Llana Barber

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter Six recounts the decimation of Lawrence's public services in the 1980s and 1990s, with an emphasis on public safety and education. Major metropolitan centers experienced a "tale of two cities" phenomenon in this era (substantial reinvestment in some neighborhoods along with deepening crisis in others); in smaller postindustrial cities, however, economic decline often continued to define the city as a whole. Lawrence's crisis is situated in the larger battles over public spending in the late twentieth century, especially state-level education and welfare reform legislation. These reform efforts illustrate a distinctly suburban political agenda that came to reject the liberal welfare state when many voters saw it as privileging poor, urban communities of color.

Keywords:   Latino, Urban, Welfare Reform, Education, Suburbs, Arson, Crime, Gentrification

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