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Place Matters: Metropolitics For The Twenty-First Century (Studies in Government and Public Policy) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0700613649 ISBN-10: 0700613641 Edition: 2nd Revised

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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Government and Public Policy
  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas; 2nd Revised edition (January 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700613641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700613649
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the Michael Harrington Award

"A more level economic playing field for poor citizens of cities and inner-ring suburbs isn't just some liberal cause. It's critical to all Americans' futures. To work, strategies need to be federal, state, and metro-region wide. Place matters. This book gets it, and lays out the basic arguments in brilliant fashion."--Neal Peirce, columnist, Washington Post Writers Group and coauthor of Citistates

"An important book. Dreier, Mollenkopf, and Swanstrom have creatively diagnosed one of the most important domestic problems of the twenty-first century. This thoughtful volume is bound to become a standard reference for students, scholars, and the lay public who seek a broader understanding of the rising economic segregation in our nation's metropolises and how to confront it."--William Julius Wilson, author of When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor

"This book is a tour de force. It not only shows how inequality and place are inter-twined in the United States, it also provides a sophisticated analysis for how to create a new metropolitan politics. Packed with data and powerfully written, Place Matters is essential reading for anyone interested in the fate of cities and, more broadly, the future of American politics."--Margaret M. Weir, author of Politics and Jobs

"A brilliant and important piece of work. Deeply informed, penetrating in its analysis of the problems of economic segregation and spatial inequalities, and bold yet practical in its search for solutions and proposals for reform. Place Matters is one of the best books of applied social science I have ever read and is certain to have a major impact on thinking and discourse about urban problems over the next generation."--Richard DeLeon, author of Left Coast City: Progressive Politics in San Francisco, 1975-1991

"With the publication of Place Matters, there may be more reason to be optimistic about the future of cities. We now have a fairly good idea of how we got where we are today. And this book provides many of the substantive policy recommendations and political strategies that can get us where most of us want to go. . . . It is essential for any meaningful policy discussion."--City & Community

"Place Matters starts with a careful analysis of the government policies that abandoned certain neighborhoods to poverty and decay. Next, and more importantly, the book articulates a vision of regional development with familiar recipes for success-expanded tax credits, better child care, improved health care-but that persuasively ties those into the very streets people live in. Best of all, it's readable."--City Limits

"Deserves a broad readership. Dreier, Mollenkopf, and Swanstrom have combined to write one of the strongest volumes on metropolitan affairs in recent years, weaving together a wealth of contemporary information, history, and refined analysis. They make a compelling case for aggressive federal and regional action to alleviate poverty and to reduce place-based inequity within and between metro areas. . . . While this clearly written book will instruct readers with limited exposure to the connections between place and class, experienced metropolitan hands should also find the marshaling of evidence useful and the arguments worthy of attention. . . . A superior work ."--Urban Ecology

"No better summary exists of 'progressive' thinking on urban policy. Highly recommended."--Choice

"If you're looking for a handbook for the next Democratic administration in Washington, read this book."--East Bay Express

"The authors of Place Matters argue, convincingly and compellingly, that where one lives is a major factor in determining one's well-being and life chances. . . . The logic of their argument is that place should join (not displace) race and class as major organizing frameworks for analyzing the distribution of life chances and the impact of public policy. . . . The strengths of this book are many. . . . [It is] accessible not just to academically trained social scientists, but also to public officials, policy makers, and a broad range of citizens concerned with urban problems."--Housing Studies

"Place matters, and this volume offers a clear research agenda for uncovering the answers to why income segregation and its attendant problems plague center cities and their metropolitan areas. The authors have uncovered a vast array of important empirical questions that should inform the urban research community and urban planners."--Journal of Politics

"Place Matters is notable for its accessibility and clarity. It is also a compelling narrative, demonstrating collective and wide-ranging knowledge of the American city."--Economic Geography

"The authors of Place Matters make a refreshing point of arguing against economic segregation using an economic argument, recognizing moral and spiritual rationales for eliminating inequality but engaging the debate squarely in their detractors' home territory. They make the case that economic segregation is bad for society because poverty makes society less economically efficient."--Social Policy

"Very informative for anyone concerned about the future of America's cities."--U.S. Mayor

"[A] useful brick in the wall of reform."--American Prospect

About the Author

Peter Dreier, Dr. E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Program at Occidental College, is coauthor of Regions That Work: How Cities and Suburbs Can Grow Together and The Next Los Angeles: The Struggle for a Livable City.

John Mollenkopf is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology and director of the Center for Urban Research at CUNY Graduate Center. His books include A Phoenix in the Ashes: The Rise and Fall of the Koch Coalition in New York City Politics, The Contested City, and Rethinking the Urban Agenda.

Todd Swanstrom is professor of public policy at Saint Louis University. He is the author of The Crisis of Growth Politics: Cleveland, Kucinich, and the Challenge of Urban Populism, the coauthor of City Politics, and coeditor of Beyond the City Limits.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Remington on June 20, 2006
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This book details in stark clarity the dilemma facing our urban environment today. We ignore it's lessons at our peril. Place Matters shows how we have systematically set up a system of the haves and have nots. Literally a tale of two cities. It is crucially important that we involve ourselves in the electoral process because who we elect most definitely determines how wealth and power are distributed in the United States of America. This book is a cogent coherent collection of mind blowing data about discriminatory social engineering against our urban environment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ahard32 on May 14, 2013
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For Urban development and theory this book is about as fresh and interesting as you will find. The studies are in great detail and provides for an interesting read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hjorrdis on July 14, 2013
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This book is very in depth and a good read; however, the obvious political bias toward progressive ideas (of which there is not a bad thing to say), and strong negativity and, at times, dishonesty about conservative ideas actually made my stomach turn.

I am reading it for a summer graduate course, and based on what I've learned so far, typically policy analysis is supposed to be completely unbiased. I do not think I have a personal political lean in either direction, but I would like to read a book about policies that worked or didn't work and this book is greatly lacking in that respect since the writers seemed to have unwavering praise for one side and seething disgust in the other side (with sketchy references in some sections).

It's unfortunate because the writing is good and the idea behind the book is great, but because of the obvious bias it looses a lot of its usefulness.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Houvenagle on May 10, 2007
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This book is very much an academic book. Some of the recommendations are very mainstream that cities are doing already. Many cities are dedensifying the inner cities to spread the poverty around. (I think that is likely a good thing--it has a good chance of reducing spatial mismatch.) However, their plan for diversifying suburbs with minorities and women who will likely vote democratic because more people in the suburbs vote than in inner cities . . . and therefore congress will be predominantly democratic and voting for those policies favorable to cities . . . is not exactly absurd, but it is a bit forced.
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