Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place

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University of California Press, 1987 - Social Science - 383 pages
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Amazing book. Critically analyzes conventional wisdom of 'free market' in urban centers. The authors did a great job as much of the critiques are still relevant. I enjoyed reading the book. It's a great intro book for any urban planning or poli sci folks.

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Other than the extremely erudite sociologist-speak getting in the way of enjoying a fresh perspective on land development, the saddest thing was the conclusion: city government (whom he spent a ... Read full review

Contents

Places as Commodities
17
The City as a Growth Machine
50
Exchange and Sentiment in
99
How Government Matters
147
Overcoming Resistance to Valuefree
200
The Dependent Future
248
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John Logan is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Albany, SUNY and Director of the Lewis Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research. He is the co-author of "Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place" (1987), "Beyond the City Limits" (1990) and "Family Ties: Enduring Relations between Parents and their Grown Children" (1996).

Molotch teaches in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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