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The Resource Teardown : memoir of a vanishing city, Gordon Young

Teardown : memoir of a vanishing city, Gordon Young

Label
Teardown : memoir of a vanishing city
Title
Teardown
Title remainder
memoir of a vanishing city
Statement of responsibility
Gordon Young
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Book Description: After living in San Francisco for 15 years, journalist Gordon Young found himself yearning for his Rust Belt hometown: Flint, Michigan, the birthplace of General Motors and "star" of the Michael Moore documentary Roger & Me. Hoping to rediscover and help a place that once boasted one of the world's highest per capita income levels, but is now one of the country's most impoverished and dangerous cities, he returned to Flint with the intention of buying a house. What he found was a place of stark contrasts and dramatic stories, where an exotic dancer can afford a lavish mansion, speculators scoop up cheap houses by the dozen on eBay, and arson is often the quickest route to neighborhood beautification. Skillfully blending personal memoir, historical inquiry, and interviews with Flint residents, Young constructs a vibrant tale of a once-thriving city still fighting-despite overwhelming odds-to rise from the ashes. He befriends a rag-tag collection of urban homesteaders and die-hard locals who refuse to give up as they try to transform Flint into a smaller, greener town that offers lessons for cities all over the world. Hard-hitting, insightful, and often painfully funny, Teardown reminds us that cities are ultimately defined by people, not politics or economics
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HN80.F54
LC item number
Y68 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Teardown : memoir of a vanishing city, Gordon Young
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 251-267) and index
Contents
Prologue: Summer 2009 -- Part 1: -- Pink houses and panhandlers -- Bottom-feeders -- Bourgeois homeowners -- Virtual vehicle city -- Bad reputation -- Road to prosperity -- Bar logic -- Downward mobility -- Black and white -- Forest primeval -- Naked truth -- Toughest job in politics -- Urban homesteaders -- Part 2: -- Quitters never win -- Burning down the house -- Emotional rescue -- Get real -- Living large -- Fading murals -- Gun club -- Bargaining with God -- Psycho killer -- Part 3: -- Winter wonderland -- Home on the range -- California dreamin' -- Thankless task -- Joy to the world -- Epilogue: Summer 2012 -- Updates -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Sources and further reading -- Index
Control code
815757487
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 276 p., [15] p. of plates
Isbn
9780520270527
Isbn Type
;
Lccn
2012039951
Other control number
40022263907
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn815757487
  • (OCoLC)815757487
Label
Teardown : memoir of a vanishing city, Gordon Young
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 251-267) and index
Contents
Prologue: Summer 2009 -- Part 1: -- Pink houses and panhandlers -- Bottom-feeders -- Bourgeois homeowners -- Virtual vehicle city -- Bad reputation -- Road to prosperity -- Bar logic -- Downward mobility -- Black and white -- Forest primeval -- Naked truth -- Toughest job in politics -- Urban homesteaders -- Part 2: -- Quitters never win -- Burning down the house -- Emotional rescue -- Get real -- Living large -- Fading murals -- Gun club -- Bargaining with God -- Psycho killer -- Part 3: -- Winter wonderland -- Home on the range -- California dreamin' -- Thankless task -- Joy to the world -- Epilogue: Summer 2012 -- Updates -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Sources and further reading -- Index
Control code
815757487
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 276 p., [15] p. of plates
Isbn
9780520270527
Isbn Type
;
Lccn
2012039951
Other control number
40022263907
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn815757487
  • (OCoLC)815757487

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