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Not in My Neighborhood [EPUB] ✶ Not in My Neighborhood ✹ Antero Pietila – 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 Housin 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 Housing Administration continued discriminatory housing policies even into the s long after civil rights legislation This all American tale is told through the prism of Balti from its early suburbanization in the s to the conseuences 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 Not in Kindle - human side of residential real estate practices whose discriminatory tools were the same everywhere restrictive covenants redlining blockbusting predatory lending.

10 thoughts on “Not in My Neighborhood

  1. Jeff Verthein Jeff Verthein says:

    I moved to Balti 13 years ago and have always been fascinated by the neighborhood complexities I settled in East Balti 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 Suare to look at a rental listing and being confused how any area with such magnificent houses could EVER have hit the skids uite like that I wondered why the ethnic churches of the East side were still plugging on as usual while some churches had the Star of David on the building Why did Locust Point remain white What existed before the newer buildings downtown guess who I'd talk to suburbanites who remember blockbusting and the riots and they remained dumbfounded why anyone would choose to live in Balti Lately I became one of those whites described in the final chapter who moved to the West side of town in search of great architecture and cheap prices I was completely engrossed in the first few chapters of this book I would've given 6 stars if I could mainly because the older history was so unfamiliar to me compared to the familiar nationwide cause and effect of industrial economy and policy following WW II but also because my current street is located 1 block East of the old legal black white demarcation line and 1 block West of the premier upper crust street in the old part of the city I absolutely loved learning about the patterns and reactions that shaped the surrounding West side neighborhoods and I haven't been able to shut up about the things I learned Many of my casual conversations about where I live have been tinged with an unspoken prejudice and all too typical assumptions and I relish these new facts I've learned about and can't help but explain certain things that happened TO black residents So yeah I loved the book Why only 4 stars Mainly because I wanted much on the subject Subjects like bus company collusion citizens' efforts to thwart highway construction and the specifics of the 1968 riots were so minimally covered that I couldn't help but feel shorted I don't want to suggest that a retired newspaper columnist using English as a second language should have pumped out a scholarly exhaustive tome because I appreciated the easy style of the book composed significantly from interviews we learn at the end which may explain why some people get significant coverage while others less so but I wanted a bigger picture once we got into the true downfall of the city following the warI suppose this book would register with anybody curious about other cities with insidious and long lasting segregation patterns Chicago Detroit and I'd recommend it to anybody interested in why our older cities are the way they are but the local insight truly made this a special read for me

  2. Jana Jana says:

    Really interesting read particularly when you're familiar with Balti neighborhoods and can reference the current conditions Completely changed my understanding of Balti 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 hopeful than this didWhile really interesting and informative the text occasionally jumped around illogically making it difficult to follow It also could have used maps so that I wasn't always turning to Google Maps to orient myself

  3. James Smyth James Smyth says:

    After I visited Balti last month this book soared to the top of my ueue I had to know 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 conseuence of a system everyone participated in and contributed to That he does this with a light touch and optimism for the future is even praiseworthyThe author made things like FHA discrimination and blockbusting easy to understand and brought things to life with personal anecdotes of the era's biggest figures His accounting of intraracial conflicts in response to external stress for example certain Jewish developers refusing to sell or rent to other Jews because they didn't want to lose their business with Gentiles was superb He also unearthed some fascinating and frankly destabilizing forgotten facts such as the working relationship between Pope Paul VI and Saul Alinsky which prefigured the Church's work with community organizers throughout the US in the '60s and '70s but which is now forgotten in the hue and cry of the culture warMr Pietila has acknowledged that a description of the public housing projects would have rounded out the picture but says that's such a mammoth story in itself it would have swallowed up the rest of the book and after seeing how well he researches what he wrote I'm inclined to believe him and hope another journalist will finish the magnum opus he's created here Besides that my biggest uibble is that there should have been even maps Fortunately this is also the era of Google Maps so I was able to easily look up every place described and put a mental picture together myselfThat said the culmination of Mr Pietila's excellent career is a work which puts the world in which we live today in context and is worth a read by everyone who wants to know how our cities got to be the way they areand by extension why they don't have to be that way forever

  4. Ethan Sleeman Ethan Sleeman says:

    An engaging and fascinating look at how racism and anti semitism shaped the landscapes of Balti As a native to the Balti region it was a valuable way to explore how the communities around me were shaped and ‘maintained’ through discrimination Credit to the author for a nuanced approach to the subject of blockbusting which for me is one of the strongest points of the book I felt the book would have benefited from maps; for those unfamiliar with the streets and neighborhoods of Balti it may be difficult to visualize the patterns of racial change If you’re interested in racial change in neighborhoods the history of Balti or how real estate practices shape the communities around us this is an excellent and approachable read

  5. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    Well researched and informative text of how the history of Balti City impacts Balti today

  6. Julie Julie says:

    I’ve lived in Balti 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 Balti’s bigoted housing practices in the late 19th and throughout the 20th century Antero Pietela brings up this uestion How much of this was neutrally intended as opposed to malicious He’s not excusing the damaging unfair and destructive practices as much as reminding the reader that this is how people thought at the time They believed they were doing what’s best for their constituents Much like Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow” this book tells the story of how we got where we are how entrenched and enshrined in the laws these racist policies are Even something as laughable and far afield as eugenics was applied to federal housing policy The hot buttons of fear self preservation and protection of family are as ever present today as they were in shaping neighborhoods in decades past And the layers of public and private instruments and racism are all piled up one on top of another Covenants segregation policy passed by City Council redlining tiers of financing based upon race the HOLC’s eugenics GI Bill discrimination FHA policy and today with shaky predatory lending and mortgage backed securities How on earth can we ever get out from under all of thisThe stories are presented much like newspaper articles one after another revealing connections I never knew before Some neighborhoods like Roland Park with its strict racial and religious covenants were even worse than I thought And city luminaries whose names now grace foundations and university buildings were leaders in the redlining and racial discrimination The dynasties of Balti have dirty hands The greed exploitation and corruption make a stunning history that is probably not uniue to this cityA few bright spots appear like Mayor McKeldin who saw the bigger picture the dire need for housing for black war workers As mayor he was legally powerless to do anything but he could advocate for eual rights In his first term 1943 1947 he hired black staff members including a black secretary for himself and named the first black assistant city solicitor and school board member He also advocated that race be removed from applications for city jobs and even tried to secure jobs for freed convicts I was blown away by the sheer number of barriers to blacks having eual and fair access to good housing Even when had the means to buy a house they had to pay usurious interest rates or enter into rent to buy schemes Since much of the housing was in a deteriorated state the city passed laws reuiring repairs and upgrades which the seller after years or decades of neglect then rolled into the contract increasing the cost to the buyer We have not figured out a way to profit from helping poor people but there are any number of ways to make money by taking advantage of them This is where policy is needed to prevent people from acting on our baser instincts Change will have to come at a cost to the most privileged and that is not easy to sell But when does the cost of maintaining the status uo become too high or painful to bear It will likely take a lot of sustained heat to melt this iceWhat rules could have been in place to keep the city from being so segregated Even today a neighborhood like Roland Park is astonishingly homogeneous What could have been done differently And what if anything can we do now What can any city do to slow the accumulation of white privilege As an architect I’ve been used to asking these kinds of uestions related to physical infrastructure and financial instruments But until we address the beliefs assumptions privilege power and bigotries that underlie all of this we will never change it

  7. Asha Asha says:

    This book discuss housing segregation in Balti Outside the limits of Jim Crow it explains how northern cities similar to Philly NYC Chicago used 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 balti such as crime poverty schooling issues It goes into details on the architecture design of richer neighborhood but misses the mark on development of rowhouses which eventually fell apart and are a major source of lead poisoning I read the book twice I plan to read once now that I live in Balti and have background information but there is definitely a missing piece

  8. Bill Sleeman Bill Sleeman says:

    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 streetto the white side of the neighborhood While most people know the broad outlines of housing discrimination in Balti Pietila captures the petty indignities faced by folks who wanted to move out of slum or rental housing but were effectively blocked at nearly every turn I recommend this book to anyone who wants to better understand how Balti became the city that is today

  9. Annie Annie says:

    for when you move to Balti and can't figure out what the fuck happened here

  10. Steve Steve says:

    great storytelling that provides a detailed history of race religion and real estate in Balti

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