Art & Architecture

The Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification and the Struggle over Harlem, Expanded Edition

    Foreword by
  • Thomas J. Sugrue

An acclaimed history of Harlem’s journey from urban crisis to urban renaissance


Published (US):
Mar 14, 2023
Published (UK):
May 23, 2023
6.13 x 9.25 in.
43 b/w illus.
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With its gleaming shopping centers and refurbished row houses, today’s Harlem bears little resemblance to the neighborhood of the midcentury urban crisis. Brian Goldstein traces Harlem’s Second Renaissance to a surprising source: the radical social movements of the 1960s that resisted city officials and fought to give Harlemites control of their own destiny. Young Harlem activists, inspired by the civil rights movement, envisioned a Harlem built by and for its low-income, predominantly African American population. In the succeeding decades, however, the community-based organizations they founded came to pursue a very different goal: a neighborhood with national retailers and increasingly affluent residents. The Roots of Urban Renaissance demonstrates that gentrification was not imposed on an unwitting community by unscrupulous developers or opportunistic outsiders. Rather, it grew from the neighborhood’s grassroots, producing a legacy that benefited some longtime residents and threatened others.

Awards and Recognition

  • Winner of the John Friedmann Book Award, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning
  • Winner of the Lewis Mumford Prize, Society of City and Regional Planning History