The Changing American Neighborhood

The Meaning of Place in the Twenty-First Century

by Alan MallachTodd Swanstrom

The Changing American Neighborhood argues that the physical and social spaces created by neighborhoods matter more than ever for the health and well-being of twenty-first-century Americans and their communities. Taking a long historical view, this book explores the many dimensions of today's neighborhoods, the forms they take, the forces and factors influencing them, and the people and organizations trying to change them.

Challenging conventional interpretations of neighborhoods and neighborhood change, Alan Mallach and Todd Swanstrom adopt a broad, inter-disciplinary perspective that shows how neighborhoods are messy, complex systems, in which change is driven by constant feedback loops that link social, economic and physical conditions, each within distinct spatial and political contexts. The Changing American Neighborhood seeks to understand neighborhoods and neighborhood change not only for their own importance, but for the insights they offer to help guide peoples' efforts sustaining good neighborhoods and rebuilding struggling ones.

Alan Mallach is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Community Progress in Washington DC and teaches in the graduate City and Regional Planning Program at Pratt Institute in New York City. He is the author of several books, including The Divided City.

Todd Swanstrom is the Des Lee Professor of Community Collaboration and Public Policy Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of several books, including Place Matters.

The Changing American Neighborhood