Power Failure: Politics, Patronage, And the Economic Future of Buffalo, New York (Hardcover)
Analyzes the history of planning and decision-making in Buffalo that led to the city's current financial crisis and offers insights, revelations, and prescriptions for change.
About the Author
Diana Dillaway (Ventura, CA), now a freelance writer, has worked for more than thirty years on urban and community development with nonprofit groups including the San Jose Development Corporation, the Foundation for National Progress, the Center for Business and Environmental Studies at California State University at Hayward, and the Local Government Commission (Sacramento) where she wrote "Capturing the Local Economic Benefit of Recycling" for local governments.
Praise for Power Failure: Politics, Patronage, And the Economic Future of Buffalo, New York…
"Diana Dillaway has meticulously set out the causes - economic and social - of the decline of Buffalo, N.Y., once the fastest growing and most promising city in the nation. Slowly eating away at Buffalo's vitality were economic forces beyond the community's control, and social and class conflicts that were clearly within the town's ability to remedy.... This compact volume is must reading for any North American student of urban history. It ought to be in every school and college library in Upstate New York. There ought to be forums and college level courses built around this study in Western New York."
DOUGLAS L. TURNER
Washington Bureau Chief, Buffalo News
"This book provides a rare inside look at the machinations and power plays by elite banking and development interests whose focus on narrow self-interest contributed to the decline of a once-thriving major city. We are seldom able to hear these stories in the clear and graphic fashion they are presented here."
G. WILLIAM DOMHOFF
Research Professor in Sociology
University of California, Santa Cruz