United States in the World 24: Reinventing (and Reimagining) Boston: The Changing American City




American cities have changed in extraordinary ways. In the last half of the 20th century, there was gloom about urban life and many cities were projected to decline and decay. Many did so but Boston and other cities blossomed, becoming models of urban renaissance. Using Boston as a case study of the experience of American cities, this course considers key issues such as economic change, neighborhood inequality, political governance, elite relations, cultural institutions, crime, race and ethnic relations, immigration, gentrification and suburbanization.