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  • How to Kill a City

  • Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood
  • By: Peter Moskowitz
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

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. How to Kill a City takes listeners 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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Snobby Socialist New Yorker Gets Hyperbolic

  • By Marie on 04-12-18

Unproductive criticism.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-18

You have to endure hours of complaining before you get to anything actionable in the last 30 minutes of the book. There is some value added in better understanding gentrification, but in the process, you're made to feel guilty about going for a latte or choosing to move into a more urban neighborhood you can actually afford. I would have liked to have learned more about what good policy looks like by maybe offering a positive example in contrast to the four negative case studies.

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