Reviewing Recent Books on Cities

In reviewing a handful of new books looking at cities and how they work, this piece from The New Yorker glosses over the current thinking behind the urban conversation and wonders if city celebration has gone too far.

This summary of the article (which is only available to subscribers) looks at the recent work of Richard Florida, Edward Glaeser, John Kasarda and Greg Lindsay, Doug Saunders, James S. Russell, and Elijah Anderson.

"The veteran sociologist Elijah Anderson's latest book, "The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life", posits that there are certain venues in cities (Philadelphia is his example), such as public markets, where the races can come together temporarily without conflict. But he cautions against taking too much from this."

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