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From the Outside In: Suburban Elites, Third-Sector Organizations, and the Reshaping of Philadelphia

Carolyn T. Adams


This book addresses the role of suburban elites in setting development agendas for urban municipalities and their larger metropolitan regions. It shows how major nongovernmental, nonmarket institutions are taking responsibility for reshaping Philadelphia, led by suburban and state elites who sit on boards and recruit like-minded suburban colleagues to join them. In Philadelphia and other American cities, Third-Sector organizations have built and expanded hospitals, universities, research centers, performing arts venues, museums, parks, and waterfronts, creating whole new districts that are exp ... More

Keywords: suburban elites, urban municipalities, Philadelphia, Third-Sector organizations, central city, downtown development, K–12 education, transportation infrastructure, neighborhood redevelopment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451621
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451621.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carolyn T. Adams, author
Professor of Geography and Urban Studies, Temple University