Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago

GCI Comparative Urbanisms Lecture Series


"Activists in City Hall"

Pierre Clavel
City and Regional Planning
Cornell University

Thursday, October 21, 2010

In 1983, Chicago and Boston elected progressive mayors with deep roots among community activists. Taking office as the Reagan administration was withdrawing federal aid from local governments, Chicago’s Harold Washington and Boston’s Raymond Flynn implemented major policies that would outlast them. More than reforming governments, they changed the substance of what the government was trying to do. Pierre Clavel will speak based on his new book, Activists in City Hall: the Progressive Response to the Reagan Era in Boston and Chicago, which examines how both mayors achieved their objectives by incorporating neighborhood activists as a new organizational force in devising, debating, implementing, and shaping policy.

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