Book Reviews

What Neighborhoods Are Best For Affordable Housing?

Posted May 22, 2018 by

The nation’s acute affordable housing shortage has made the neighborhoods chosen for new projects less important. But where new affordable housing is built within cities matters. Affordable housing in “high opportunity” neighborhoods—- mixed-income communities that offer transit access and cultural
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A Stirring Story of Building Grassroots Power

Posted May 1, 2018 by

Despite 50th anniversary stories on the Civil Rights movement and new African-American history museums, many stories of African-Americans overcoming urban racism in the north remain little known. That makes this book on Ernest Thompson, a great community and social justice
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The Remarkable Satchel Paige

Posted April 3, 2018 by

“No more talented or colorful figure ever played the game of baseball than Satchel Paige” —-from The Pitcher and the Dictator I am a longtime admirer of Satchel Paige. After learning of his exploits from baseball books I connected with
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A Working Class Mayor Is Something To Be

Posted March 15, 2018 by Steve Early

Well before the Trump era, U.S. presidents were failing to address urban problems or making them worse. Governors, members of Congress, and state legislators didn’t perform much better. So the difficult job of fighting poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation shifted
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50 Years Later: Who Still Rules America?

Posted November 7, 2017 by

University of Santa Cruz Professor William Domhoff released a book in 1967 that forever changed how scholars looked at power in the United States. Ambitiously titled Who Rules America?, Domhoff’s book arrived like a sociological earthquake shaking the foundations of
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