Between Justice and Beauty: Race, Planning, and the Failure of Urban Policy in Washington, D.C.
University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: May 2006
Digital Book format: PDF (Adobe DRM)
As the only American city under direct congressional control, Washington has served historically as a testing ground for federal policy initiatives and social experiments—with decidedly mixed results. Well-intentioned efforts to introduce measures of social justice for the district's largely black population have failed. Yet federal plans and federal money have successfully created a large federal presence—a triumph, argues Howard Gillette, of beauty over justice. In a new afterword, Gillette addresses the recent revitalization and the aftereffects of an urban sports arena.