While people live and breathe in these rust belt cities and ghettos, the brute functionality imposed on them in capitalist America is difﬁcult to refute. A continuous tension between age-old urban adversaries, those who drive to repetitiously functionalize the city’s physical and social order and those who strive for livable, affordable communities, has been at the heart of deﬁning urban form and social space (Ferman 1996; Jonas and Wilson 1999). This chapter works from this conceptual position to understand the evolution of these cities and black ghettos over time. As is documented, the newest, post1990 form of this, Gordon MacLeod’s (2002) splintered post-industrial city, frequently involves producing and deploying black ghettos as iron-ﬁsted storehouses to help establish the latest “post-rust” inclusions: high-tech zones, expanding gentriﬁed landscapes, high-culture public spaces, and conspicuous consumption retail corridors. A steering and isolating of “contaminating” black bodies to their own dead-end universes, in this dynamic, has been unrelenting and further institutionalized.