- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (September 13, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501704311
- ISBN-13: 978-1501704314
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Saving Our Cities: A Progressive Plan to Transform Urban America 1st Edition
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"Saving Our Cities provides a compelling argument that the most important 'urban' policies we can pursue are those that are not actually regarded as ‘urban’ at all. William W. Goldsmith convincingly shows that to improve our cities we need ‘upstream’ policies that address social problems that have a disproportionately negative impact on urban areas. This is an important book that should improve the way we think about urban policy."―Edward G. Goetz, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota, author of New Deal Ruins: Race, Economic Justice, and Public Housing Policy
"William W. Goldsmith lays out a novel path for urban reform. Critiquing policies beyond the usual suspects, he shows how federal and state decisions have harmed city residents by promoting austerity, unequal schools, bad food, and the drug war. Saving Our Cities offers a forceful and optimistic road map for progressive change."―Margaret Weir, Avice M. Saint Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Sociology and Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, author of Politics and Jobs
"Saving Our Cities is a fresh and welcome contribution to our study of cities, planning, and change. It reminds us that, with enlightened state and federal action, we can reduce inequality and meet the needs of most city residents for improved housing, better transportation, and enhanced public spaces."―Norman Krumholz, Cleveland State University, past president of the American Planning Association, coauthor of Making Equity Planning Work
About the Author
William W. Goldsmith is Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. He is coauthor of Separate Societies: Poverty and Inequality in U.S. Cities.
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In SAVING OUR CITIES author William "Bill" Goldsmith does just that, showing that in many ways the urban areas of the United States have been neglected and given a bad rap, but all is not lost. He is able to show that whether we are discussing issues of education, the drug epidemic or jobs, there are ways we can begin to change things. First we have to admit that what is being done currently isn't solving the problem. Then we have to be willing to do the work necessary to invest in the areas that might seem hopeless. Goldsmith takes this out of the abstract and gives real examples of how individuals are taking steps to improve their own areas and how what they are doing can be duplicated.
The other thing that really impressed me about the book was the reminder that no matter where we live in the country that if one area is suffering then it affects us all. Hopefully people who read SAVING OUR CITIES will realize that and do their part to improve conditions that can positively impact others.
Full of research but also heart, SAVING OUR CITIES is a great conversation piece for those looking to make a difference.