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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

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Book Review Preview: The New York Nobody Knows

By Tony Filipovitch William B. Helmreich, The New York Nobody Knows:  Walking 6,000 Miles in the City (Princeton, NJ:  Princeton University Press, 2013). In The New York Nobody Knows Helmreich proposes to evaluate the city sociologically as a whole, and make it come alive. To write this book, he walked all 6,000 miles of streets… Continue reading Book Review Preview: The New York Nobody Knows

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Does Social Mixing Work? A JUA Blog Review of Integrating the Inner City

By David Varady Robert J. Chaskin and Mark L. Joseph. Integrating the Inner City: The Promise and Perils of Mixed-Income Public Housing Transformation (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015). Most previous American public housing research has concentrated either on the history of public housing or on the consequences of demolishing projects and relocating residents. Instead,… Continue reading Does Social Mixing Work? A JUA Blog Review of Integrating the Inner City