20th anniversary of Dream City
Dream On An oral history of Dream City, the book that chronicled Marion Barry's D.C.") about the book Dream City: Race, Power, and the Decline of Washington, D.C., 1964-1994, which was a profile of the administration of Marion Barry. I think the book, especially the chapter on real estate development, is a very good illustration of "Growth Machine" theory from sociology ("City as a Growth Machine: Toward a Political Economy of Place (Molotch)") which avers that despite intra-elite competition, for the most part, local political and economic elites are united around a pro-growth agenda focused on real estate development.
This review (1997) of the book in the Washington Monthly is very good.
I have a couple of related posts, "A superb lesson in DC "growth machine" politics from Loose Lips (Washington City Paper)," and "Tom Sherwood, Duncan Spencer, Anwar Amal, and thinking about what I call the "Uncivil War"."
The latter I was afraid to write before the 2004 election, I finally got up the gumption to do so in 2005. I'd argue it was a prescient post.