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The University and Urban Revival: Out of the Ivory Tower and Into the Streets


reviewed by David Soo January 14, 2008

coverTitle: The University and Urban Revival: Out of the Ivory Tower and Into the Streets
Author(s): Judith Rodin
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia
ISBN: 0812240227, Pages: 200, Year: 2007
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As the president of the University of Pennsylvania in 1996, Judith Rodin was dealing with a growing amount of crime in the area surrounding the campus. The murder of a student, however, catalyzed Rodin to launch a major University-led project to work with the community to address the ongoing problems. The University and Urban Revival is Rodin’s account of how this unfolded. The approach Rodin and Penn took was to be involved, as she writes, “in a multipronged strategy designed to effect broad, systematic change by undertaking multiple domains of redevelopment and revitalization simultaneously” (pp. 16-17). It was not enough to add more police or to add more businesses in the community; the effort had to include these steps and more, and it had to be done with the community, not for the community. Rodin gives a brief history of Penn’s involvement with the area to the west of campus, known... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 14, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14880, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 7:45:57 AM

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