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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 University Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631349.001.0001

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date: 13 December 2017

The Armpit of the Northeast?

The Armpit of the Northeast?

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

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631349.003.0007

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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