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By David M. P. Freund

In "Colored Property", David M. P. Freund indicates how federal intervention spurred a dramatic shift within the language and common sense of racial integration in residential neighborhoods after global struggle II - clear of invocations of a legendary racial hierarchy and towards speak of markets, estate, and citizenship. Freund strains the emergence of a strong public-private alliance that facilitated postwar suburban development around the state with federal courses that considerably favorite whites. Then, exhibiting how this nationwide tale performed out in metropolitan Detroit, he demonstrates how whites discovered to view discrimination no longer as an act of racism yet as a valid reaction to the desires of the industry. Illuminating government's robust but still-hidden function within the segregation of U.S. towns, "Colored Property" provides a dramatic new imaginative and prescient of metropolitan development, segregation, and white identification in glossy America.

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So by 1948, the year of both the Shelley ruling and the groundbreaking of the Builders’ Association subdivision on Normandy Road in Royal Oak, suburban whites no longer needed a racespecific tool for excluding nonwhites. In the case of the Royal Oak development, “FHA approved”—together with the City Council’s commitment to a “strong” zoning ordinance—said all that white suburbanites needed to hear.

48 Construction was everywhere, as if it were a permanent condition of suburban life. Residents were the daily witnesses to the improvement of undeveloped land. In newer suburbs like Hazel Park, the “swamps and open ditches that once disposed of sewage” disappeared. 49 Or on a weekend drive a family might witness a very different kind of mob scene: white people flocking to preview the homes in a new residential 32 / Chapter One subdivision. A typical episode occurred in February 1949, when the Builder’s Association of Metropolitan Detroit announced an open house for the first units of a development of one hundred homes in northwest Royal Oak.

42 Most of their residen- The New Politics of Race and Property / 25 WATERFORD PONTIAC CITY PONTIAC AVON UTICA WEST BLOOMFIELD TROY MOUNT CLEMENS STERLING CLINTON WARREN ERIN HARRISON BLOOMFIELD HILLS MACOMB CO. ORCHARD LAKE VILLAGE OAKLAND CO. SYLVAN LAKE BLOOMFIELD BIRMINGHAM CLAWSON SOUTHFIELD MADISON HEIGHTS ROYAL OAK BERKLEY HUNTINGTON WOODS ROYAL OAK TWP FARMINGTON CITY CENTER LINE PLEASANT RIDGE OAK PARK EAST DETROIT HAZEL PARK FERNDALE OAKLAND CO. ST. CLAIR SHORES CITY OF LATHRUP VILLAGE FARMINGTON MACOMB CO.

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