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Battle for Bed-Stuy, by Michael Woodsworth (Harvard). In the nineteen-sixties, federal policy experts descended on Bedford-Stuyvesant, in Brooklyn, to investigate the “root causes” of urban decay. As Woodsworth’s history shows, the neighborhood’s block associations and community councils made it seem a perfect laboratory for President Johnson’s War on Poverty, whose aim was to marry grassroots organizing with Great Society bureaucracy.
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