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Latino UrbanismThe Politics of Planning, Policy and Redevelopment$
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David R. Diaz and Rodolfo D. Torres

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814784044

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814784044.001.0001

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Urban Redevelopment and Mexican American Barrios in the Socio-Spatial Order

Urban Redevelopment and Mexican American Barrios in the Socio-Spatial Order

Chapter:
(p.87) Urban Redevelopment and Mexican American Barrios in the Socio-Spatial Order
Source:
Latino Urbanism
Author(s):

Nestor Rodriguez

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814784044.003.0005

This chapter addresses the effects of urban redevelopment on Mexican American barrios. It shows how redevelopment policy has conferred little benefit, social or economic, on barrio communities in decline since the 1960s; indeed, more housing for the poor has been destroyed than created. Despite campaigns of resistance by barrio residents, numerous communities were destroyed, partially dismantled, and/or excluded from the benefits of redevelopment programs. Hence, the logic of redevelopment destabilized rather than reinvigorated the economy of the barrio. Redevelopment policy as practiced in this society viewed barrios as expendable in relation to regional economic development strategy. Barrios, being generally located near downtown business districts, were prime targets for redevelopment, and residents generally lacked the political power to prevent their being exploited by outside economic interests.

Keywords:   urban redevelopment, Mexican American barrios, redevelopment policy, barrios, redevelopment programs, barrio economy

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