Promise and Betrayal

Universities and the Battle for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods

By John I. Gilderbloom & R. L. Mullins Jr.
Foreword by Henry Cisneros

Subjects: Urban And Regional Planning, Sociology, Architectural History/architecture, Education
Paperback : 9780791464847, 252 pages, July 2005
Hardcover : 9780791464830, 252 pages, July 2005

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Table of contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Additional Resources
1. Promise of University-Community Partnerships

2. Universities Providing Human Services

3. Universities Helping to Rebuild Neighborhoods

4. Urban Revitalization Partnerships: Perceptions of the University’s Role

5. The Urban University in the Community: The Role of Boards and Presidents

6. A Model for University-Community Partnerships

7. Betrayal by the Universities
Appendix A. Program Correspondence
Appendix B. HANDS Strategic Management Plan
About the Authors
Name Index
Subject Index

Argues that universities can help revitalize poor neighborhoods.


Traditionally, institutions of higher education have been viewed as the gateway to a better future, despite the fact that so many of the neighborhoods surrounding them have been filled with hopelessness and despair. In Promise and Betrayal, the authors want nothing less than to start a revolution in higher education, calling on partnerships between "town and gown" to create sustainable urban neighborhoods. John I. Gilderbloom and R. L. Mullins Jr. detail how higher education institutions can play an important role in helping to revitalize our poor neighborhoods by forming partnerships with public, private, and nonprofit groups. They advocate leaving the "ivory tower" and supplying the community with expert knowledge as well as creative and technical resources.

John I. Gilderbloom is Professor of Urban and Public Affairs and Director of the Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods at the University of Louisville. He is the coauthor (with Stella M. Capek) of Community versus Commodity: Tenants and the American City, also published by SUNY Press, and (with Richard P. Applebaum) of Rethinking Rental Housing. R. L. Mullins Jr. is Vice President of Science Applications International Corporation.