Looking beyond the post-World War II era and the emergence of the Sunbelt economy to examine recent and contemporary developments, the 48 thematic essays consider the ongoing remarkable growth of southern urban centers, new immigration patterns (such as the influx of Latinos and the return-migration of many African Americans), booming regional entrepreneurial activities with global reach (such as the rise of the southern banking industry and companies such as CNN in Atlanta and FedEx in Memphis), and mounting challenges that result from these patterns (including population pressure and urban sprawl, aging and deteriorating infrastructure, gentrification, and state and local budget shortfalls). The 31 topical entries focus on individual cities and urban cultural elements, including Mardi Gras, Dollywood, and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Number of pages: 608
Weight: 875 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 36 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition
A useful book that every statewide [political] candidate should carry in the front seat of the car.--Chapel Hill News
One can't get all this information anywhere else. . . . The book is practically a 'must' for anyone interested in the state's geography or history.--North Carolina Historical Review