Like a sequel to the prescient warnings of urbanist Jane Jacobs, Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove reveals the disturbing effects of decades of insensitive urban renewal projects on communities of color. For those whose homes and neighborhoods were bulldozed, the urban modernization projects that swept America starting in 1949 were nothing short of an assault. Vibrant city blocks—places rich in culture—were torn apart by freeways and other invasive development, devastating the lives of poor residents.
Fullilove passionately describes the profound traumatic stress—the "root shock"—that results when a neighborhood is demolished. She estimates that federal and state urban renewal programs, spearheaded by business and real estate interests, destroyed 1,600 African American districts in cities across the United States. But urban renewal didn't just disrupt black communities: it ruined their economic health and social cohesion, stripping displaced residents of their sense of place as well. It also left big gashes in the centers of cities that are only now slowly being repaired.
Focusing on the Hill District of Pittsburgh, the Central Ward in Newark, and the small Virginia city of Roanoke, Dr. Fullilove argues powerfully against policies of displacement. Understanding the damage caused by root shock is crucial to coping with its human toll and helping cities become whole.
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is a research psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute and professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University. She is the author of five books, including Urban Alchemy.
Foreword by Dr. Mary Travis Bassett [new for this edition]
Foreword by Carlos F. Peterson [new for this edition]
1. THE BUTTERFLY IN BEIJING
2. IMAGINING NEON
In their own words: ZENOBIA FERGUSON
3. URBAN RENEWAL…
4. …MEANS NEGRO REMOVAL
In their own words: CHARLES MEADOWS
5. WHEN THE CENTER FAILS…
6. …WHAT WILL HOLD?
7. UNCEASING STRUGGLES
In their own words: ERNEST THOMPSON
8. HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE CITY
9. OUR PLACE, OUR HOME
Mindy Fullilove will give the keynote address at The Power of Storytelling Conference and Festival in Romania. The only one of its kind in Eastern Europe, the conference brings together superstar storytellers in all fields – from media, to arts, to business – to show the potential of stories to connect people, to heal wounds, to move to action, and to drive change.
Come see Mindy Fullilove speak on the theme "SUPERPOWERS" at the TEDx MidAtlantic this year. Join us, as we discover SUPERPOWERS both known and waiting to be discovered, through stories of individual triumph and global interconnectedness; this future is one we will enthusiastically embrace.
On November 9, 2017, the National Academy of Medicine will host the second public meeting of its ongoing Culture of Health program. Mindy Fullilove will give the keynote address.
Objectives of this meeting are to:
Visualize health through the lens of art and communities
Illustrate links across social determinants of health via the science and lived community experience
Highlight recent movements that have resulted in positive change
Identify challenges and solutions in creating a culture of health
Join us immediately following the meeting for an evening reception, featuring artwork submitted for our nationwide community art project, Visualize Health Equity.