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Whose City?: Histories of Urban Governance and Democratic Participation in the U.S. After 1968

March 26, 2018 · 4:30 pm6:00 pm · 211 Dickinson

Princeton Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities and the Humanities Council

The urban uprisings in the Unites States of 1968 provided an opening for black, brown, and white activists to press more aggressively for alternative ways to govern cities and administer public and private services in urban areas. In the years immediately following 1968, metropolitan residents engaged in intensive debates about who should wield power in urban areas and which constituencies should be the focus of urban policymaking.

This panel will consider the results of these mobilizations. Did U.S. urban spaces become more or less democratic after 1968. After these conflicts, did elected officials and policymakers trust residents to participate in shaping the future of their cities? Conversely, did residents trust elected officials to shape the future of the cities?


Kit Smemo (UC Santa Barbara)
Richard Anderson (History)
Michael Glass (History)

About 1968/2018: Cities of the Edge Series

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