Neil Smith
The New Urban Frontier: Gentrification and the Revanchist City
August 05, 2019 Comments.. 426
The New Urban Frontier Gentrification and the Revanchist City This book challenges conventional wisdom which holds gentrification to be the simple outcome of new middle class tastes and a demand for urban living It reveals gentrification as part of a much large
  • Title: The New Urban Frontier: Gentrification and the Revanchist City
  • Author: Neil Smith
  • ISBN: 9780415132558
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book challenges conventional wisdom, which holds gentrification to be the simple outcome of new middle class tastes and a demand for urban living It reveals gentrification as part of a much larger shift in the political economy and culture of the late twentieth century Documenting in gritty detail the conflicts that gentrification brings to the new urban frontiers,This book challenges conventional wisdom, which holds gentrification to be the simple outcome of new middle class tastes and a demand for urban living It reveals gentrification as part of a much larger shift in the political economy and culture of the late twentieth century Documenting in gritty detail the conflicts that gentrification brings to the new urban frontiers, the author explores the interconnections of urban policy, patterns of investment, eviction, and homelessness The failure of liberal urban policy and the end of the 1980s financial boom have made the end of the century city a darker and dangerous place Public policy and the private market are conspiring against minorities, working people, the poor, and homeless people as never before In the emerging revanchist city, gentrification has become part of this policy of revenge.
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    1. Andrea says:

      I first read this in 2001 2002 doing research to inform community organising around gentrification and displacement I confess my non theoretical self didn t much like it Most of it was over my head, and what wasn t seemed so obvious Even so, the desire to help support movement and stop gentrification was so clear I always did want to meet Neil Smith I m sad I didn t get to.Now I find it much useful, probably because I ve done the hard work of going through Marx, figuring out Harvey s theory of [...]

    2. Elsie says:

      Empowering analysis of the gentrification process Because if you know what s happening you have a better chance of stopping it.

    3. Chris says:

      The most useful part of the book in terms of understanding cities is the chapter on the economic theory of gentrification, that economic incentives force landlords in a declining residential area to under maintain their building, causing further deterioration of the neighborhood s housing stock until the buildings are so undercapitalized relative to the land value underneath that capital swooshes back in with rich people OK so this is kind of complicated for us non economists but it s an importa [...]

    4. Sterling Hall says:

      This is a truly wonderful book on gentrification It analyzes the genesis, life, and potential demise of gentrification, both in terms of hard economic data and in terms of a rhetorical analysis of the frontier myths that accompany gentrification, both through close analysis of specific situations of gentrification and worldwide trends created through the spread of neoliberal economic policies My only critique would be that the book ends up adopting the frontier myth in various ways, and in doing [...]

    5. Zach says:

      Smith argues for a systematic understanding of gentrification, rather than a simple consumer driven one He does this in a convincing manner, relying heavily on a Harvey esque examination of capital disinvestment.My chief complaint is that after his fascinating introduction, Smith pretty much drops the cultural analysis of the urban frontier myth, which I found fascinating.

    6. Marty says:

      I want to give this book a higher rating but its super dry and academicky It is however a highly valuable contribution to the study of gentrification and holds many insights to the processes that reshape our cities.

    7. Liz says:

      interesting and convincing perhaps not as tightly structured as it could have been.

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