The term gentrification has become a buzzword to describe the changes in urban neighborhoods across the country, but we don't realize just how threatening it is. It means more than the arrival of trendy shops, much-maligned hipsters, and expensive lattes. The very future of American cities as vibrant, equitable spaces hangs in the balance.
Peter Moskowitz's How to Kill a City takes readers from the kitchen tables of hurting families who can no longer afford their homes to the corporate boardrooms and political backrooms where destructive housing policies are devised. Along the way, Moskowitz uncovers the massive, systemic forces behind gentrification in New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco, and New York. The deceptively simple question of who can and cannot afford to pay the rent goes to the heart of America's crises of race and inequality. In the fight for economic opportunity and racial justice, nothing could be more important than housing.
A vigorous, hard-hitting expose, How to Kill a City reveals who holds power in our cities-and how we can get it back.
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Table of Contents
Part 1 Hew Orleans 13
Chapter 1 Hanging On 15
Chapter 2 How Gentrification Works 31
Chapter 3 Destroy to Rebuild 45
Part 2 Detroit 71
Chapter 4 The New Detroit 73
Chapter 5 The 7.2 91
Chapter 6 How the Slate Got Blank 105
Part 3 San Francisco 123
Chapter 7 The Gentrified City 125
Chapter 8 Growth Machine 137
Chapter 9 The New Geography of Inequality 147
Part 4 New York 161
Chapter 10 An Elegy 163
Chapter 11 New York Is Not Meant for People 181
Chapter 12 Fight Back 197
Conclusion Toward an Un-Gentrified Future 209