Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters, a New Urban World

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Routledge, 2005 - Political Science - 335 pages
21 Reviews
"Shadow Cities dispels the myth that shantytowns are purely a third world phenomenon, showing that the great cities of Europe and North America were once dominated by shantytowns. And Neuwirth shows that squatters will build vital neighborhoods without private titles as long as they know they are not subject to eviction." "Shadow Cities acknowledges that the world of the squatters may be gritty, but it shows that it is governed by hope. Squatters, Neuwirth argues are building the cities of tomorrow."--BOOK JACKET.

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Review: Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters, a New Urban World

User Review  - Tana - Goodreads

I like Robert Neuwirth, and I think he is doing good work here, but the structure and lack of close editing in this book becomes a distraction. Still, he makes you think beyond the premise of the history and future of squatting...but, again, I just wish it were better organized and error-free. Read full review

Review: Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters, a New Urban World

User Review  - Alexandra - Goodreads

This is possibly the worst grammar and writing style I've read so far. The author is so repetitive and obvious that you sit there wondering if he thinks that us as readers are mentally slow. Chapter ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

Robert Neuwirth is an investigative reporter who specializes in urban issues. He has written for The New York Times, The Nation, Metropolis, The Village Voice, New York Magazine, and many other publications. He received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for his work on squatter communities.

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