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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

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Book Review Preview: Urban Policy in the Time of Obama

By Dennis Gale James DeFilippis, ed. Urban Policy in the Time of Obama. (Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 2016) This volume does a commendable job of documenting the often-fragmented bits of legislation, executive orders and regulations targeting cities that were promulgated in Washington between 2009 and 2016. Its 22 contributors offer 19 articles… Continue reading Book Review Preview: Urban Policy in the Time of Obama

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Book Review Preview: Sustainable London

By Samantha McLean Rob Imrie and Loretta Lees (eds), Sustainable London? The Future of a Global City (Bristol, UK: Policy Press, 2014) ‘Sustainable development’ has become a buzzword in the vernacular of urban policy, yet the term’s ambiguity has made it conveniently adoptable by policy makers wishing to further their own development goals. Sustainable London?… Continue reading Book Review Preview: Sustainable London

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Book Review Preview: The Brooklyn Nobody Knows

By John Shapiro William B. Helmreich, The Brooklyn Nobody Knows: An Urban Walking Guide (Princeton, NJ:  Princeton University Press, 2016). Did you know that… Barak Obama once lived in Park Slope. So did Al Capone. Bushwick’s unconstrained graffiti art is really a changing exhibit managed by a collective. In Gerritsen Beach, a favorite pastime is… Continue reading Book Review Preview: The Brooklyn Nobody Knows