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From the Outside InSuburban Elites, Third-Sector Organizations, and the Reshaping of Philadelphia$
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Carolyn T. Adams

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451621

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451621.001.0001

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Regionalism and the Third Sector

(p.1) Introduction
From the Outside In

Carolyn T. Adams

Cornell University Press

This book explores how outside actors from the suburbs and from state government have intervened during the past fifteen years to redevelop the central city in ways that bolster the region. Drawing on evidence from greater Philadelphia, it considers these interventions as a kind of de facto regionalism that brings outside money and infuence into the city to help restructure urban land and services. It also shows how these interventions exacerbate the problems of transparency and accountability facing the citizens of the city, raising the question of whether initiatives that strengthen the region necessarily help city residents. This book argues that Third-Sector organizations have played a central role in “a postmodern urban process in which the urban periphery organizes the center within the context of a globalizing capitalism.” It examines the ways that Third-Sector organizations for urban development are blurring the boundaries between the public and private sectors in American civic life.

Keywords:   suburbs, state government, central city, Philadelphia, regionalism, transparency, accountability, Third-Sector organizations, capitalism, urban development

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