Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America

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Univ of California Press, Nov 6, 2018 - Social Science - 304 pages
Generation Priced Out is a call to action on one of the most talked-about issues of our time: how skyrocketing rents and home values are pricing the working and middle classes out of urban America. Randy Shaw tells the powerful stories of tenants, politicians, homeowner groups, developers, and activists in over a dozen cities impacted by the national housing crisis. From San Francisco to New York, Seattle to Denver, and Los Angeles to Austin, Generation Priced Out challenges progressive cities to reverse rising economic and racial inequality.
 
Shaw exposes how boomer homeowners restrict millennials’ access to housing in big cities, a generational divide that increasingly dominates city politics.  Shaw also demonstrates that neighborhood gentrification is not inevitable and presents proven measures for cities to preserve and expand their working- and middle-class populations and achieve more equitable and inclusive outcomes. Generation Priced Out is a must-read for anyone concerned about the future of urban America.

 
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Battling Displacement in the New San Francisco
11
2 A Hollywood Ending for Los Angeles Housing Woes?
37
3 Keeping Austin Diverse
74
4 Can Building Housing Lower Rents? Seattle and Denver Say Yes
103
5 Will San Francisco Open Its Golden Gates to the Working and Middle Class?
127
6 Millennials Battle Boomers Over Housing
157
7 Get Off My Lawn How Neighborhood Groups Stop Housing
187
The Fight to Preserve Racial Diversity
209
Ten Steps to Preserve Cities Economic and Racial Diversity
243
Notes
251
Index
277
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Randy Shaw is Director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, San Francisco’s leading provider of housing for homeless single adults. His previous books include The Activist’s Handbook: Winning Social Change in the 21st Century; Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW, and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century; and The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime, and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco.

 

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