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Not in My Neighborhood by Antero Pietila
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it was amazing
bookshelves: topic-soc-race, recs-alex-baca, topic-cities, topic-hist-modern, category-academic

This book was really interesting, both as a history of Twentieth Century Baltimore and as a study of white flight and mid-Twentieth Century housing turnover and failed integration in an American city. I will say that it would've helped a lot if I was more familiar with Baltimore before reading the book, especially its geography. I am too much of a Washington-focused Marylander who really doesn't know Baltimore well.

The degree of terror that seemed to motivate white homeowners to move when the first blacks moved into a neighborhood was a bit incomprehensible to me. I really don't understand why the presence of black kids in a school was considered so terrifying. That said, the one part of it that made sense was the fear that all their savings was tied up in their homes, and they couldn't risk the value of them dropping. This seems like just one more example of how private home-ownership creates perverse incentives that have messed up American cities in the last century.
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Started Reading
February, 2018 – Finished Reading
February 19, 2018 – Shelved
August 31, 2018 – Shelved as: topic-soc-race
September 1, 2018 – Shelved as: recs-alex-baca
November 16, 2018 – Shelved as: topic-cities
November 16, 2018 – Shelved as: topic-hist-modern
November 16, 2018 – Shelved as: category-academic

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