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Bernie Sanders and the Boundaries of Reform

Socialism in Burlington

W. J. Conroy

A reissued edition of a significant case study of the achievements and failures of Bernard Sanders’ radical administration in 1980s Burlington, VT

278 pages | 6 x 9


The Death and Life of the Single-Family House

Lessons from Vancouver on Building a Livable City

Nathanael Lauster

A detailed study of how Vancouver moved away from the single-family house and the effects of this transformation, detailed by interviews with residents

262 pages | 6 x 9 | 7 tables, 11 figures, 4 halftones, 6 maps


The Mutual Housing Experiment

New Deal Communities for the Urban Middle Class

Kristin M. Szylvian

How the sale of World War II public housing to non-profit mutual home-ownership associations represents a road not taken in federal housing policy

294 pages | 6 x 9 | 14 halftones, 1 map


A Nice Place to Visit

Tourism and Urban Revitalization in the Postwar Rustbelt

Aaron Cowan

An engaging, first-of-its-kind historical analysis of four Rustbelt cities’ efforts to remake themselves into tourist locales in the postindustrial era

236 pages | 6 x 9 | 10 figures


The War on Slums in the Southwest

Public Housing and Slum Clearance in Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico, 1935-1965

Robert B. Fairbanks

The untold story of public housing and urban renewal in the American Southwest

256 pages | 6 x 9 | 15 tables, 1 figure, 6 halftones, 4 maps


The Politics of Staying Put

Condo Conversion and Tenant Right-to-Buy in Washington, DC

Carolyn Gallaher

Analyzes whether tenant right-to-buy programs may mitigate displacement in fast-gentrifying cities like Washington, DC

278 pages | 6 x 9 | 12 tables, 5 line drawings, 16 halftones, 33 color illustrations


Walking in Cities

Quotidian Mobility as Urban Theory, Method, and Practice

Edited by Evrick Brown and Timothy Shortell

Making the case for urban walking as a significant social activity and as a method for studying urban communities

264 pages | 6 x 9 | 9 tables, 3 halftones, 1 map


Vanishing Eden

White Construction of Memory, Meaning, and Identity in a Racially Changing City

Michael T. Maly and Heather M. Dalmage

Tracking the complexities of whiteness through an analysis of the experiences and memories of whites who lived in racially changing Chicago neighborhoods

184 pages | 6 x 9



Cambodian Refugees in the New York City Hyperghetto

Eric Tang

Why Cambodian refugees experience life in the U.S. as a form of captivity, since self-sufficiency remains an elusive goal

242 pages | 5.5 x 8.25 | 10 halftones


Building the Urban Environment

Visions of the Organic City in the United States, Europe, and Latin America

Harold L. Platt

An international comparative study that considers how competing agents of change have interacted to build the urban environment

312 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 figure, 14 maps


BITS of Belonging

Information Technology, Water, and Neoliberal Governance in India

Simanti Dasgupta

An ethnographic investigation of the class politics that underscore the emergence of neoliberalism in urban India

232 pages | 6 x 9


Down and Out in Los Angeles and Berlin

The Sociospatial Exclusion of Homeless People

Jürgen von Mahs

An international account of homelessness, comparing Berlin and Los Angeles and the possibility of exiting homelessness in each city

208 pages | 6 x 9 | 7 tables, 13 figures


Environmental Activism and the Urban Crisis

Baltimore, St. Louis, Chicago

Robert R. Gioielli

How the postwar decay of America's industrial city's helped to give rise to environmental movement

224 pages | 6 x 9 | 11 halftones


Ghosts of Organizations Past

Communities of Organizations as Settings for Change

Dan Ryan

What happens to communities after social organizations pack up and leave?

276 pages | 5.5 x 8.25 | 7 tables, 29 figures


Atlanta Unbound

Enabling Sprawl through Policy and Planning

Carlton Wade Basmajian

How metropolitan Atlanta’s regional planning groups accelerated the sprawl they were trying to control

288 pages | 7 x 10 | 32 color photos