Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City

Not in My Neighborhood How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City Eugenics racial thinking and white supremacist attitudes influenced even the federal government s actions toward housing in the th century dooming American cities to ghettoization The Federal Hou

  • Title: Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City
  • Author: Antero Pietila
  • ISBN: 9781566638432
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 The Federal Housing Administration continued discriminatory housing policies even into the 1960s, long after civil rights legislation This all American tale is told through the prism of BaEugenics, racial thinking, and white supremacist attitudes influenced even the federal government s actions toward housing in the 20th century, dooming American cities to ghettoization The Federal Housing Administration continued discriminatory housing policies even into the 1960s, long after civil rights legislation This all American tale is told through the prism of Balti, 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 narrative centers on the human side of residential real estate practices, whose discriminatory tools were the same everywhere restrictive covenants, redlining, blockbusting, predatory lending.

    • å Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City || ☆ PDF Read by ↠ Antero Pietila
      158 Antero Pietila
    • thumbnail Title: å Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City || ☆ PDF Read by ↠ Antero Pietila
      Posted by:Antero Pietila
      Published :2019-07-23T14:09:51+00:00

    One thought on “Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City”

    1. I moved to Baltimore 13 years ago, and have always been fascinated by the neighborhood complexities. I settled in East Baltimore (which Pietila grossly labelled a "slum") and marveled how the smallest houses I had ever seen were now the most popular neighborhoods to be in (easy to renovate, close to the endless strings of corner bars, I guess). I recall going to Franklin Square to look at a rental listing and being confused how any area with such magnificent houses could EVER have hit the skids [...]

    2. Really interesting read, particularly when you're familiar with Baltimore neighborhoods and can reference the current conditions. Completely changed my understanding of Baltimore communities and the years of racism and bigotry that have continued to shape its development. I only wish the historical accuracy had left me feeling a little more hopeful than this did.While really interesting and informative, the text occasionally jumped around illogically, making it difficult to follow. It also could [...]

    3. I’ve lived in Baltimore for 26 years. It is full of beautiful neighborhoods, many of which are organized around the greenways and streams that run through the city. I’ve always been struck by how segregated the city is, and knew that some history of housing policy and practices both legal and illegal shaped this. I didn’t know how comprehensive and overwhelming this history is until reading Pietela’s book. In his thorough review of Baltimore’s bigoted housing practices in the late 19th [...]

    4. After I visited Baltimore last month, this book soared to the top of my queue. I had to know more about why the streets and highways were like barriers and standards of living varied so drastically between places such a short distance from each other. In this meticulously researched yet readable and compelling history, Mr. Pietila confirmed my suspicions and then some, showing how the dystopia was not the result of a few evil men but rather the consequence of a system everyone participated in an [...]

    5. This book was really interesting, both as a history of Twentieth Century Baltimore and as a study of white flight and mid-Twentieth Century housing turnover and failed integration in an American city. I will say that it would've helped a lot if I was more familiar with Baltimore before reading the book, especially its geography. I am too much of a Washington-focused Marylander who really doesn't know Baltimore well.The degree of terror that seemed to motivate white homeowners to move when the fi [...]

    6. No real startling revelations here, though things started much earlier than I had realized and the pervasiveness, severity and ferocity of some of the discriminatory practices were more extreme than I had realized. Nor was the writing particularly noteworthy--in fact, the book could have used some help in its organization in places. But the details were interesting, particularly the parts about the Jewish community, both as being discriminated against and as discriminators (even against other Je [...]

    7. Pietila's research is eye-opening. It is amazing to see how officials, government, and political powers that rose to influence manipulated the housing situation in Baltimore to reflect racism and discrimination. There are direct correlations to how segregated and "separate" the city feels today. I think for any resident of Baltimore past, present, or future this should be reading material. I also think anyone trying to understand the racial, economic, and social situations of American cities sho [...]

    8. I used this book as the core text in a class I team-taught this past fall. Pietila is a great storyteller and he really makes the subject come alive. I particularly enjoyed reading about how a garden street was purposefully turned into a truck route in order to inhibit the ability of African American residents to easily cross the street the white side of the neighborhood. While most people know the broad outlines of housing discrimination in Baltimore Pietila captures the petty indignities faced [...]

    9. This book was written in a very piecemeal fashion - and perhaps it was too disjointed for me. Instead of telling one over-arching the story, the author elected to tell a million tiny stories. He would introduce a character, talk about that character for one paragraph (or less), and then that character would disappear into oblivion. There has to be a better way to tell this story. It was a struggle for me to finish this book.

    10. I just read this while visiting West Baltimore deeply researched and very convincing! It's a bit weirdly structured in places, but overall good.

    11. This book contained a lot of eye-opening information about the extent of racial and religious discrimination in housing in Baltimore. It was really shocking and helps to explain why certain areas of the city ended up majority African American, Jewish, or white Christian. That said, the book itself isn't that easy to read. The narrative is generally chronological, but the author jumps around a lot in time to provide backstory about people and places. This made a little difficult to follow but did [...]

    12. In an era of great urban gentrification, "Not in My Neighborhood" is a must-read for all Americans trying to understand why many historically disadvantaged communities may be put off by the trend. In his book, Antero Pietila captures, very articulately, how our racist economic and legal institutions (fatten by racist and classist sentimentality of those with power) kept (and I'd argue that continue to keep) cities and suburbs segregated. My review is a bit more politically charged than Pietila's [...]

    13. Very well researched and an entertaining read. It was eye opening to read the history of the city I live in.

    14. This is a nonfiction novel covering the history of racial segregation and discrimination in Baltimore. It does a fantastic job of explaining how Baltimore's neighborhoods came to be what they are today. The chapters were a mix of extremely interesting information and really dense and cumbersome details. There were sections where I wanted more details and sections where I wanted fewer. I would recommend this for anyone living in Baltimore.

    15. There's a familiar narrative we tell ourselves. Segregation, Jim Crow, etc. took place in the South before Rosa Parks' bus ride, and one man rising up to lead a non-violent movement to change things. Like all media narratives this is a half-truth. Segregation cleaved the nation as a whole, yet this cleavage wasn't even but splintered and complicated. The main method segregation was maintained was through redlining, housing covenants, using eminent domain on black neighborhoods Pietila's book chr [...]

    16. I read this book as part of one of Loyola's diversity reading groups for faculty and staff. The book is about the development of housing in Baltimore and how race and bigotry affected the way the city has developed. As I've mentioned many times before in my reviews I'm kind of sociology geek, so I found this book endlessly fascinating. The discussions we had surrounding it over the course of 6 weeks were also wonderful. I was trying to pace myself with the discussion, but found it really difficu [...]

    17. I think this novel unveils a very intriguing facet of Baltimore's history. The conditions and happenings described by Pietila were not unique to Baltimore, but being someone who was born and raised around the Baltimore suburbs and who now lives in east Baltimore, it has offered me a new and unique perspective of how my neighborhood has come to be. Now, when I look at my and other neighborhoods with a newly honed critical eye, I can see the vestiges of these social housing policies, even though t [...]

    18. As a long time Maryland and former Baltimore resident, this insightful book crystallizes years of demographic history in the self-destruction of an urban city. Antero Pietila begins at the dawning of the 20th Century, as upwardly mobile blacks first begin buying into white neighborhoods. Panicking authorities struggle to regulate demographics by racial, ethnic, and religious categories, only to have economics, technology, and reality thwart them at every turn.Filled with stories of Baltimore's p [...]

    19. I'm not a big non-fiction fan, but I "needed" to read this book. It certainly gave me an introspective to how my grandfather probably thought. Being born in 1910 in Baltimore, this is how he grew up experiencing blacks and Jews - in a manner dictate by "civil gentile society" at the time. I don't excuse his bigotry, but feel I understand how it evolved. I only wish he were still alive so I could discuss the book with someone who lived this era in B-more.The author takes a long, hard look at the [...]

    20. This book discuss housing segregation in Baltimore. Outside the limits of Jim Crow it explains how northern cities, similar to Philly, NYC, Chicago, used more clever methods to impose segregation policies. It also includes social theories and beliefs such as Eugenics, and how they promoted these policies. For this reason it is a good read. However, where it falls short , it did not following the title. It doesn't explain how these policies ultimately "shaped baltimore" such as crime, poverty , s [...]

    21. A riveting account of segregationist real estate practices, blockbusting, racism and other factors that shaped Baltimore. The biographical sketches of important figures in local business and politics such as Joseph Meyerhof, Dale Anderson and Little Willie Adams drew me in and were quite enlightening. The book does seem to assume the reader has first-hand knowledge of the many neighborhoods mentioned, more maps and reference pictures would have been needed if I wasn't a local. As someone who has [...]

    22. It's certainly not perfect- the citation system is pretty weird, it weighs heavily toward the biographical (much of Pietila's source material was from interviews), and it sorely lacks a map of Baltimore neighborhoods. I know my way around most of Baltimore pretty well and therefore appreciated many of the stories, but even I got a little muddled when neighborhoods like Northwood or Lochearn were discussed. Overall, I found it well-written and eye-opening, particularly the revelations about the B [...]

    23. The book focuses on the way racism and the laws surrounding it during the post-reconstruction period up through the world wars, civil rights movement, and today, shaped the city of Baltimore (and can also be somewhat used as a case study for other urban areas). It's a very interesting topic, particularly given the context for which I'm reading it (a class on The Wire and its representation of Baltimore's social and economic divides), but it's so dry and full of statistics that it was very diffic [...]

    24. We were so lucky to have been able to have the author come to our Book Club meeting to discuss his book. He is the husband of one of my quilt club sistahs and is a former Baltimore Sun reporter. Since we live in a covenant neighborhood this book we could all speak from our own experiences how divides existed in the past, how Jews, Catholics, gays were all not encouraged to live here. Thank goodness these prejudices no longer exist as we are proud that our neighborhood abounds with rich diversity [...]

    25. Interesting topic but the author is prone to presenting unsupportable opinion as fact. Most notably after spending the entire book laying the groundwork of segregation in housing (white, Jewish and black are the partitions) in Baltimore, the author chooses to declare that from some magical point thereon the Jewish people lived together because they wanted to and not because of continuing prejudice. Similarly, the book described the first appointment of a woman to a prominent position as the abso [...]

    26. (4.5) A devastating look at the history of Baltimore's racist housing policies. Pietila does a great job nailing down how racism would morph from brute superiority to eugenics to other legal methods up to today. The book is at its strongest when it covers everything up through the 60s and blockbusting. The Baltimore county and subprime chapters are substandard and the author gets caught up in the Obama hype following his first election (and frankly, who didn't? Just added a weird tone to the end [...]

    27. If you ever wonder why Baltimore is in the state it is today, you must read this book. Former Baltimore Sun reporter Antero Pietila details Baltimore’s appalling history of housing discrimination, complete with white flight, redlining, oppressive land installment contracts, and plain old racism. While I’ve always known that corruption is the cornerstone of this city, I was shocked to learn just how long some of the policies remained in place and the lengths to which our elected officials wou [...]

    28. A great case study of how racial change happened at a very granular level over the decades of the 20th century, Not in My Neighborhood should sit on your shelf alongside Arnold Hirsch's Making the Second Ghetto, Thomas Sugrue's Origins of the Urban Crisis, and Beryl Satter's Family Properties. It would be interesting to see, as a counterpoint, more of the story of the making of public housing in Baltimore--including the projects, but also the so-called "scattered site" program (which in reality [...]

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *