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The Road to Resegregation

Northern California and the Failure of Politics

Alex Schafran


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How could Northern California, the wealthiest and most politically progressive region in the United States, become one of the earliest epicenters of the foreclosure crisis? How could this region continuously reproduce racial poverty and reinvent segregation in old farm towns one hundred miles from the urban core?
This is the story of the suburbanization of poverty, the failures of regional planning, urban sprawl, NIMBYism, and political fragmentation between middle class white environmentalists and communities of color. As Alex Schafran shows, the responsibility for this newly segregated geography lies in institutions from across the region, state, and political spectrum, even as the Bay Area has never managed to build common purpose around the making and remaking of its communities, cities, and towns. Schafran closes the book by presenting paths toward a new politics of planning and development that weave scattered fragments into a more equitable and functional whole.

Praise For The Road to Resegregation: Northern California and the Failure of Politics

"[A] deep and complex analysis of why the Bay Area of Northern California . . . remains deeply racially and class segregated and facing an affordable housing crisis."
— Journal of Urban Affairs

University of California Press, 9780520286450, 408pp.

Publication Date: October 9, 2018

About the Author

Alex Schafran writes about urban and regional change. Born and raised in the Bay Area, he is currently Lecturer in Urban Geography at the University of Leeds.

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