May 8, 2017

CITIES WERE A MISTAKE:

Richard Florida, Famous for His Optimism About Cities, Is Now an Urban Pessimist : review of The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class--and What We Can Do About It.  (Justin Davidson, 5/08/17, New York)

Florida lards his book with plenty of data-driven analysis to show that cities are suffering from what he calls "winner take all urbanism," the idea that superstar cities, like superstar athletes, gorge themselves on money, starving their would-be peers. At the same time, a pampered corps of city dwellers prospers by chasing out others and impoverishing the rest, poverty and crime leach into the suburbs, and the slum-filled megacities of the developing world point to an ever more apocalyptic future. This is a book of lamentations -- the last, half-hearted clause in the subtitle stands in for a last, half-hearted chapter full of solutions.

The key is to move the rest out too, instead of leaving them trapped in cities.

Posted by at May 8, 2017 7:25 AM

  

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