Reconstructing urban politics: Neighborhood activism in land-use change
In urban governance, some responsibility for services and planning may lie with private entities. Residents challenging public policies may find recourse not from elected officials but from quasi-public agencies. This article examines contestation over a hospital expansion plan in Athens, Georgia. Using archival accounts and interviews, the author investigates the responses of the local state and the hospital to neighborhood-based activism and the success of residents in restructuring the hospital's decision-making process. The scale of contestation and negotiation differed from that of the city government. This case illustrates new structures and scales of negotiation and accountability in quasi-public urban governance. © 2004 Sage Publications.
Urban Affairs Review
Martin, Deborah G., "Reconstructing urban politics: Neighborhood activism in land-use change" (2004). Geography. 375.