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    Evidence from Philadelphia shows that eviction destabilizes communities and may lead to increased crime rates in US cities

Evidence from Philadelphia shows that eviction destabilizes communities and may lead to increased crime rates in US cities

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Every year, more than two million Americans face eviction. In addition to the negative implications of eviction for individuals and families, using data from Philadelphia, Daniel Semenza finds that higher rates of eviction correspond to greater rates of homicide, robbery, and burglary across communities. He highlights strategies to reduce evictions, including making renters aware of their rights, providing a […]

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    A summer of unease and uncertainty for New York City’s housing politics

A summer of unease and uncertainty for New York City’s housing politics

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In many cases the COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated existing inequalities and threats experienced by those in low income communities. Reporting from New York City, Glyn Robbins looks at the city’s politics of homelessness and eviction in light of the pandemic. He writes that despite local measures like the city’s extended eviction ban, leadership on housing policy ultimately needs to […]

Book Review: The Creative Underclass: Youth, Race and the Gentrifying City by Tyler Denmead

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In The Creative Underclass: Youth, Race and the Gentrifying City, Tyler Denmead reflects on his role in founding New Urban Arts, an arts and humanities programme primarily for young people of colour in Providence, Rhode Island, using this as a means to critically examine how well-meaning arts organisations can replicate systems of race- and class-based inequalities in the face of gentrification. […]

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    From smart to good cities: shifting the focus from technology to quality of life

From smart to good cities: shifting the focus from technology to quality of life

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People now use a number of terms to classify cities. The commonly used ‘smart city’ is preferred by tech companies. But their idea of ‘smart’ focuses on big data collection and narrow technological monitoring. Alternative terms include liveable, healthy, sustainable, adapting, carbon-neutral, and inclusive. Each one has its own limitations. Chetan Choudhury writes that the essence is simple: a city should […]

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    Book Review: How Ten Global Cities Take On Homelessness: Innovations That Work by Linda Gibbs, Jay Bainbridge, Muzzy Rosenblatt and Tamiru Mammo

Book Review: How Ten Global Cities Take On Homelessness: Innovations That Work by Linda Gibbs, Jay Bainbridge, Muzzy Rosenblatt and Tamiru Mammo

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In How Ten Global Cities Take On Homelessness: Innovations That Work, Linda Gibbs, Jay Bainbridge, Muzzy Rosenblatt and Tamiru Mammo explore some of the key challenges faced by urban spaces in tackling homelessness and outline the successes of ten global cities when it comes to addressing its causes and consequences. This book is a valuable resource that not only identifies the […]

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    Public participation in budgeting can have benefits, but the incentives are not always there for local governments to use it

Public participation in budgeting can have benefits, but the incentives are not always there for local governments to use it

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By creating processes which allow for public participation, governments can better involve citizens in their decision-making. Iuliia Shybalkina looks at the use of one type of public participation – participatory budgeting – across six New York City council districts. She finds that the incentives council members faced had a large influence on how their districts invested in the participatory […]

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    The Politics of Race in American Film podcast: Episode 3, Class, Gender, and Freedom at the Edges of America

The Politics of Race in American Film podcast: Episode 3, Class, Gender, and Freedom at the Edges of America

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In this episode of The Politics of Race in American Film, Dr. Clive James Nwonka hosts a conversation with Melanie Hoyes (British Film Institute), Dr. Luisa Heredia (Sarah Lawrence College), and Dr. Shelley Cobb (University of Southampton) about the films American Honey and The Florida Project.

Each film examines the experiences of people on the fringes of American society: for […]

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    The Politics of Race in American Film podcast: Episode 2, Race, Space, and The City

The Politics of Race in American Film podcast: Episode 2, Race, Space, and The City

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In this episode of The Politics of Race in American Film podcast, Dr. Clive James Nwonka discusses the films Paterson and The Last Black Man in San Francisco with Dr. Suzanne Hall (LSE Sociology) and Dr. Austin Zeiderman (LSE Geography and the Environment). Both films examine the relationships their main characters have with the cities in which they live, […]

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    Lockdown shows us it is not work that attracts us to big cities – but the social life

Lockdown shows us it is not work that attracts us to big cities – but the social life

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COVID’s effect on the social lives of city dwellers – being able to meet at the pub, restaurants or theatre – may be more relevant for the future of cities than its impact on work, write Gabriel Ahlfeldt, Fabian Bald, Duncan Roth, and Tobias Seidel.

The world is currently experiencing the largest pandemic since the Spanish flu one century ago. […]

Book Review: The Ghetto by Bryan Cheyette

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In The Ghetto, Bryan Cheyette offers a new addition to the Oxford University Press series of ‘Very Short Introductions’, distilling the long history of the changing meaning of the ‘ghetto’ across the globe and through time over six succinct chapters. With the author’s expertise in modern literature and culture bringing a new angle on the topic, Laura Vaughan highly […]

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