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Take a Look at this Preview of an Upcoming Book Review: Reclaiming Cities as Spaces of Middle Class Parenthood, reviewed by Jeffrey A. Raffel

Reclaiming Cities as Spaces of Middle Class Parenthood, by Johanna Lilius (Singapore, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) Reviewed by: Jeffrey A. Raffel, University of Delaware Reclaiming Cities as Spaces of Middle Class Parenthood is written on two levels. First, the book is a study of why middle class parents, despite the image of cities as poor places to raise children, choose to stay in the city of Helsinki, Finland after having children, and how the… Continue reading Take a Look at this Preview of an Upcoming Book Review: Reclaiming Cities as Spaces of Middle Class Parenthood, reviewed by Jeffrey A. Raffel

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Book Review Preview: City of Segregation

City of Segregation: One Hundred Years of Struggle for Housing in Los Angeles, by Andrea Gibbons (Brooklyn, NY, Verso, 2018) Reviewed by: Tyler Haupert, Columbia University In City of Segregation Andrea Gibbons traces the roles of racial discrimination and white supremacy in producing and maintaining the residential segregation of African Americans in Los Angeles from the… Continue reading Book Review Preview: City of Segregation

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Book Review Preview: Handbook of Gentrification Studies

Handbook of Gentrification Studies, edited by Loretta Lees, with Martin Phillips. (Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018) Reviewed by: Dennis E. Gale, Stanford University Editor Loretta Lees (aided by Martin Phillips) has engaged 32 scholarly interlocutors from multiple disciplines to present an impressive range of planetary perspectives on gentrification. The result is a rabble of… Continue reading Book Review Preview: Handbook of Gentrification Studies

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Book Review Preview: The Roots of Urban Renaissance

The Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification and the Struggle Over Harlem, by Brian D. Goldstein. Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 2017 Reviewed by Dennis E. Gale, Stanford University Novelist Ralph Ellison wrote in the mid-1960s that New York City’s Harlem was “a slum,” and “a ruin,” composed not only of the “spires and crosses of churches,” but,… Continue reading Book Review Preview: The Roots of Urban Renaissance

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Book Review Preview: Creating Cities

Creating Cities/Building Cities by Peter Karl Kresl with Daniele Ietri. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017 By Dennis E. Gale, Stanford University Author Kresl sets out to examine “the ways in which, over time, architecture has been used to define and redefine a city, both visually and functionally, and to enhance its competitiveness.”… Continue reading Book Review Preview: Creating Cities

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Book Review Preview – Development Drowned and Reborn: Blues and Bourbon Restorations in Post-Katrina New Orleans

By Brittany Lee Frederick Development Drowned and Reborn: Blues and Bourbon Restorations in Post-Katrina New Orleans, by Clyde Woods (Athens: University of Georgia Press 2017). In 1927, long before Hurricane Katrina bore down upon Louisiana with devastating force, city planners dynamited the levees in the predominately black St. Bernard and Plaquemine parishes in anticipation of a… Continue reading Book Review Preview – Development Drowned and Reborn: Blues and Bourbon Restorations in Post-Katrina New Orleans

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Book Review Preview: Healing our Divided Society: Investing in America Fifty Years After the Kerner Report

By Gregory D. Squires Book Review Preview: Healing our Divided Society: Investing in America Fifty Years After the Kerner Report, Fred Harris and Alan Curtis (eds) Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2018 “Everybody does better when everybody does better” (p. vi) is the appropriate opening epigram, penned by Jim Hightower, for this retrospective on the 50th… Continue reading Book Review Preview: Healing our Divided Society: Investing in America Fifty Years After the Kerner Report

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Book Review Preview: How to Kill a City

By Dennis E. Gale Peter Moskowitz. How to Kill a City. (New York: Nation Books, 2017) Journalist Moskowitz pens a provocative book arguing that gentrification --- in virtually all of its dimensions --- destroys communities. An impassioned writer, he centers his critique on case studies of four U.S. cities: New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco, and… Continue reading Book Review Preview: How to Kill a City

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Book Review Preview: The New Brooklyn

By Tony Filipovitch Kay S. Hymowitz, The New Brooklyn: What It Takes to Bring Back a City (Lanham, MD:  Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).  Kay Hymowitz offers a nuanced defense of gentrification as a process of creative destruction, one that results in winners and losers (although sometimes in unanticipated ways).  As she says in her conclusion,… Continue reading Book Review Preview: The New Brooklyn

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Book Review Preview: The New Urban Crisis

By Jason Plummer Florida, Richard, The New Urban Crisis: How our cities are increasing inequality, deepening segregation, and failing the middle class – and what we can do about it. (New York:  Basic Books, 2017) Florida’s stated purpose for writing The New Urban Crisis to (1) define the new urban crisis, (2) identify the forces… Continue reading Book Review Preview: The New Urban Crisis