Library

The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class—And What We Can Do About It

We will discuss “The New Urban Crisis,”  a book about growing inequality and isolation in cities and how greater social, educational and economic opportunity can and should be created. The author suggests ambitious reforms at the federal, state and local levels. Florida is an economics professor and author of a popular 2002 book, “The Rise…

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Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World

“Paved Paradise” is about parking’s impact on city life and urban design, how it came to have such a large influence, and the prospects for change.  It asks: Why have we devoted so much land to the exclusive use of idle vehicles? Are there better ways of using this land? The “big ideas” for Urban…

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Blighted: A Story of People, Politics, and an American Housing Miracle

“Blighted” is a book about the effort to create safe, decent, affordable housing for the working poor, told from an unusual perspective: that of a well-motivated landlord. It focuses on the purchase and renovation of a large apartment complex in south Atlanta. The “big ideas” for Urban Atlanta:

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Golden Gates: The Housing Crisis and a Reckoning for the American Dream

“Golden Gates” is a book about the housing affordability crisis in the San Francisco Bay area, what caused it and the efforts there to undo the damage. We discussed how to prevent a similar crisis in Urban Atlanta, while dealing with our own affordability issues. The “big ideas” for Urban Atlanta:

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