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The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America

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Who really benefits fromurban revival? Cities, from trendy coastal areas to the nation’s heartland, are seeing levels of growth beyond the wildest visions of only a few decades ago. But vast areas in the same cities house thousands of people living in poverty who see little or no new hope or opportunity. Even as cities revive, they are becoming more unequal and more ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Island Press
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Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
As non-fiction goes, this was very good. A friend, and fellow long time Detroiter, loaned this to me. She knows I love Detroit, like history, and have a certain amount of interest in politics. This book hits all three of my interests hard. On around page ten, the author says "The problem is not that today's American cities have poor people living in them. The problem is that the cities have largely stopped being places of opportunity where poor people come to change their lives. . . ." The ...more
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Really excellent, very engaging, easy to read. I raised an eyebrow at some of the conclusions the author drew, but not at any of the important ones (er, millenials aren't buying houses for a number of reasons, but "being near the scene" is of lesser importance than "I literally cannot afford to buy a house oh god oh god my crushing student loans oh god"). I really appreciated that the author continually put PEOPLE at the forefront of his thoughts and arguments; it's really easy to forget that ...more
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Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fine little book, emphasizing that the common story of widespread urban gentrification is one that applies to a few fast-growing cities, but that is mostly irrelevant to formerly industrial "legacy" cities in the Midwest and (occasionally) the Northeast. In cities such as Baltimore and St. Louis, there is some movement of affluent households into urban cores (mostly near universities and downtowns) but the majority of neighborhoods are stagnating or declining rather than gentrifying. Mallach ...more
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was refreshing to read a book that does not gloss over how complex or multidimensional a task it is to revive cities. Worth a read by everyone, not just planners or urban studies folk. I like that he addresses the whole, not just the central areas and most importantly, this may be the first book I've read that makes sense about the divide in our cities: poverty and segregation, both racial and economic. I don't think I've read another book with this realistic, whole approach Anyway, you can ...more
David Cooke
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Complex problems are not solved with simple answers. The challenges we face in relation to our cities is a perfect example of this reality and the theme of this book. Allen Mallach does an excellent job of breaking the issues down into many parts and pieces, while examining many of the current ideas and positive through the many layers of tensions of interests, needs, and outcomes.

Enjoyed this book thoroughly. I appreciated the complexity of the issues and the depth potential solutions and
Tyler Yoder
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully dense, yet highly readable. Mallach does a great job explaining the growing segregation of classes in American cities. Would definitely recommend it.
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Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A fantastic high-level, yet through survey of the history, challenges, and opportunities of American cities
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The 2016 presidential election thrust America’s urban-rural divide into the forefront of our national consciousness. In the months before and after the election, mostly coastal reporters traveled to the heartland in an effort to understand why so many voters were casting their ballots for the Republican nominee. They returned with dire portraits—communities suffering from political and social disaffection and a multifaceted drug crisis.

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