How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood - Peter Moskowitz

Staff Pick

Although Peter Moskowitz is upfront regarding his own experience with gentrification, How to Kill a City tackles the subject not from a nostalgic standpoint but from the present. As Moskowitz takes us through New York, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Detroit - four cities experiencing rapid gentrification in ways unique and similar - we gain firsthand knowledge as to how the new luxury condos, offices, and restaurants that constitute the current wave of professional-class urban renewal often mean displacement and violence for marginalized communities. A great companion read to Richard Rothstein's The Color of Law, How to Kill a City shows how redlining continues to this day and will perhaps inspire the reader to take action for fairer and more equitable cities.