Confronting Urban Legacy fills a critical gap in urban scholarship. Since most of the literature focuses on large cities, smaller cities--which actually hold the majority of the world's population--are either misunderstood or not examined at all. As there is little research on smaller New England cities, this book specifically explores the changing relationship between globalization and urban transition in Hartford, Connecticut.
Hartford's transformation carries a striking imprint of globalization that has been largely missed: from its 17th century roots as New England's first inland colonial settlement, to its emergence as one of the world's most prosperous manufacturing and insurance centers, to its present configuration as one of America's poorest post-industrial cities, surrounded by one of the nation's wealthiest metropolitan regions.
In this insightful discussion, we hope to address the question of what is Hartford's role as a challenged smaller city in the international fields of culture, thought, finance, and industry.
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