The Ghetto as a Resource for Black America

Journal of the American Institute of Planners, 40(1): 17-30, 1974

By: American Planning Association, William Goldsmith
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Social Equity

This article exposes that current approaches to revitalization do not deal with the issue of power and proposes a new approach that focuses on solutions and community, dealing directly with power and control. Among the approaches it critiques are suburbanization, augmented employment, ghetto capitalism, and separatism. It advocates for the concentration of economic and political power among African Americans to establish independence from dominant society.