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The New Urban Crisis

The New Urban Crisis

How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class—and What We Can Do About It

“Richard Florida offers a brilliant assessment of the varied and evolving challenges facing our cities today…. The New Urban Crisis is essential reading for urban leaders and all city-dwellers.” –Richard M. Daley, former mayor of Chicago

In The New Urban Crisis, Richard Florida demonstrates how the forces that drive urban growth also generate cities’ challenges, such as gentrification, segregation, and inequality. We must rebuild cities and suburbs by empowering them to address their challenges. The New Urban Crisis offers a compelling diagnosis of our economic ills and a bold prescription for more inclusive cities capable of ensuring prosperity for all.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Social Science / Sociology / Urban

On Sale: April 11th 2017

Price: $17.99

Page Count: 336

ISBN-13: 9780465097784

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"The New Urban Crisis deserves to stand alongside Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century as an essential diagnosis of our contemporary illus, and a clear-eyed prescription of how to cure them."—Steven Johnson
"The New Urban Crisis bracingly confronts this tension between big-city elites and the urban underclass."
Wall Street Journal
"[Richard Florida] vividly expose[s] how gentrification, followed by rising housing costs, concentrated affluence and glaring inequality, has pushed the displaced into deteriorating suburbs far from mass transit, employment, services and decent schools.... [The New Urban Crisis is] nuanced and proposes solutions."

The Washington Post
"Florida draws subtle, thoughtful inferences from his research, and he writes in slick, approachable prose...Throughout, the author remains an idealistic, perceptive observer of cities' transformations. A sobering account of inequality and spatial conflict rising against a cultural backdrop of urban change."
Kirkus Reviews
"Urban planners should consider the case being made for the need to address a new urban crisis. A thought-provoking work for those interested in all stages of urban planning and placemaking."
Library Journal
"I loved The New Urban Crisis. Richard Florida writes about the tensions and the divides that have emerged within and between cities, between the broader community--and I felt it throughout the book and loved it."—Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
"The New Urban Crisis is well worth reading for the original research, clear-headed critique and the skilled analysis of solid data.... Florida writes in personally positioned transparent language without taking refuge in academic jargon, making the book accessible to a broad audience."

New York Journal of Books
"Startling and illuminating."

Architectural Record
"Florida lands on an intriguing mix of policy prescriptions for dealing with the new urban crisis."—Insider Higher Ed
"The New Urban Crisis is underpinned by reams of data breezily and readably presented."—Miami Herald
"The New Urban Crisis provides a tidy, timely summary of the current urban problem, in all its enormity."—California Planning & Development Report
"Cites are engines for prosperity and progress, but it's essential that the benefits extend far and wide. Florida proposes promising ideas for building stronger cities that offer greater opportunities for all."—Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City
"A sweeping narrative of the most significant human movement of our times--global urbanization. Richard Florida lays out with unassailable facts and clear vision the convergence of an urgent human development--the drive for more livable cities and the quest for a more sustainable planet. Clear, compelling, and full of vision."—Governor Martin O'Malley