Reading up on American urbanism may not be on candidates’ to-do lists, but if it were… Here are five books I’d recommend, especially given the role that race, policing, and criminal justice have played in public discourse over the past four years.
- The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race & Inequality in Postwar Detroit by Thomas Sugrue
- Race, Space, and Riots in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles by Janet L. Abu-Lughod
- Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys by Victor M. Rios
- Why Don’t American Cities Burn? by Michael B. Katz
- Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect by Robert J. Sampson
And a bonus! Given that it’s Jane Jacobs’ centenary, everyone should be rereading The Death and Life of Great American Cities.
Sometime down the road: “What presidential candidates ought to know about ‘global cities.’”