Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Paths of regression and renaissance: Comparing urban renewal and revitalization strategies in two midwestern model towns
by Kuipers, Thomas Lee, M.A., Purdue University, 2014, 201; 1565055
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis compares and contrasts urban renewal and revitalization strategies in Gary, Indiana and Pullman, Illinois over the past century. These communities were founded under the proposed humanitarian ideals of the model town concept, which was supposed to offer ideal living and employment conditions for working class Americans. Within years of their founding each area reproduced the negative physical and social environment the model town concept was meant to protect against. After decades of neglect these areas sought different urban redevelopment plans to fix their environments. Gary city officials used traditional urban renewal tactics of slum clearance and rebuilding. These plans led to repeated boondoggles that failed to help the struggling city. The Pullman community avoided the destruction of urban renewal. Instead, they fought for local, state and national historic designation and revitalized their urban setting. By investigating the urban redevelopment history of Pullman and Gary, I hope to illustrate the destructiveness, ineffectiveness and greed of urban renewal and shed light on the possibility of redevelopment through revitalization in an urban environment.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Teaford, Jon C.
Commitee: Hogan, Richard, Larson, John L.
School: Purdue University
Department: History
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American history, Urban planning
Keywords: Illinois, Indiana, Renewal, Revitalization, Urban
Publication Number: 1565055
ISBN: 978-1-321-19005-2
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