alexa_d: Dropsie Avenue is a fictionalized graphic novel about the evolution and decay of a single street in New York City over several decades, reflecting the changing demographics and depiciting the forces behind both de facto and de jure segregation of racial and religious minorities.… (more)
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Baltimore is not usually a prominent part of the American urban narrative. It should be. In 1910 the city enacted the first law in American history that prohibited blacks from moving to white residential blocks, and vice versa. (p. x)
The Supreme Court's unanimous 1917 decision in Buchanan vrs. Warley nullified the Louisville segregation law and Baltimore's as well. It supported an owner's right to sell real estate to whomever he or she wished, even if that person was black and a local law prohibited such a transaction. (p. 31)
Baltimore is the setting for (and typifies) one of the most penetrating examinations of bigotry and residential segregation ever published in the United States. Antero Pietila shows how continued discrimination practices toward African Americans and Jews have shaped the cities in which we now live. Eugenics, racial thinking, and white supremacist attitudes influenced even the federal government's actions toward housing in the 20th century, dooming American cities to ghettoization. This all-American tale is told through the prism of Baltimore, from its early suburbanization in the 1880s to the consequences of "white flight" after World War II, and into the first decade of the twenty-first century. The events are real, and so are the heroes and villains. Mr. Pietila's engrossing story is an eye-opening journey into city blocks and neighborhoods, shady practices, and ruthless promoters.… (more)