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Readership: Students and scholars of eminent domain and property law and policy, sociology, and urban studies.
Debbie Becher, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Barnard College, Columbia University
Debbie Becher is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Barnard College, Columbia University.
"Property matters a great deal and getting it right is crucial. Debbie Becher nails it. Eschewing abstractions and the fulminations of libertarians and leftists alike, her excellent book captures how real people understand and evaluate government taking. The concept of investment that she develops offers important and challenging insights for policy makers and property theorists alike." - Nicholas Blomley, Professor of Geography, Simon Fraser University
"A powerful challenge to the conventional view of property in social science, Becher shows that people see property in a complex and social manner. This pioneering study
demonstrates how- rather than treat property solely as a container for economic value or as a bundle of rights- people also invest their hopes, cares and emotions into it." - Richard Swedberg, Professor of Sociology, Cornell University
"How to respond to the problems posed by derelict lots and vacant buildings is a question with which almost every city government grapples. Becher's analysis cuts through the familiar ideological slogans about government and private property to provide a deeper understanding of the political, economic and social forces driving urban redevelopment efforts. The result is a challenging and unexpectedly hopeful story with lessons that
extend well beyond Philadelphia." - Eduardo M. Penalver, Allan R. Tessler Dean of the Cornell Law School
Chapter 1. Investment and Government Legitimacy
Chapter 2. The Policy and Politics of Urban Redevelopment
Chapter 3. Rhetoric without a Cause: Beyond Libertarian and Left Cries of Abuse
Chapter 4. American Street I: From Badlands to Promised Lands
Chapter 5. American Street II: From Promises to Protests
Chapter 6. Jefferson Square I: Competing Visions of Investment Protection
Chapter 7. Jefferson Square II: Legitimacy through Reconciled Visions
Chapter 8. Compensating for Property by Recognizing Investments
Chapter 9. The Politics of Property