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The Lure of the City: From Slums to Suburbs

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Cities, by their very nature, are a mass of contradictions. They can be at once visually stunning, culturally rich, exploitative, and unforgiving. In The Lure of the City, Austin Williams and Alastair Donald explore the potential of cities to meet the economic, social, and political challenges of the current age.
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 12th 2011 by Pluto Press (first published November 8th 2011)
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There are 8 essays in this collection, half of which are authored or co-authored by Austin Williams, which gives you a sense of the slant/point of view that this book takes. I've been doing a fair bit of reading on urban issues recently, mainly liberal, left-leaning works on the right to the city, spacial and social justice, etc so it was - dare I say it? - refreshing to read a challenge to the Jane Jacobs, small is beautiful camp. Don't get me wrong, I've enjoyed the writings of Jacobs, Soja, H ...more
Williams understands that cities are good for people, that they offer unparalleled economic and social opportunities, that they help the poor become more wealthy , and that we should celebrate these facts.
A wonderful antidote to the sour anti-development woe-is-me urban planning brigade.
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