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4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant new way to look at cities, June 5, 2009
This review is from: Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place (Paperback)
Who rules cities? Logan and Molotch have a theory. This book lays it out, in fairly simple terms. It argues that landowners have a shared interest in "growth", i.e. increased property values (land's exchange-value), and are willing to do whatever it takes to get them, including taking over government. This puts them in conflict with residents who care about their neighborhoods (land's use-value) and don't want growth's unstoppable engine.

It's a brilliant book, with insights on every page and some poignant stories as well. Logan and Molotch are sociologists, not writers, so the book drags at points, but it's well worth it for anyone who's interested in the subject. My major critique is that it underplays the importance of planning and doesn't provide a good explanation for it, but that's a rather minor criticism, all things considered. Highly recommended.
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Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place
Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place by Harvey Molotch (Paperback - August 28, 2007)
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