Book Reviews

A Spotlight on Police Killings

Posted March 16, 2017 by

Since Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson in 2014, police killings in the United States have been recognized as a national crisis. But as Franklin Zimring shows in his new book, When Police Kill, the steps necessary to reduce the number
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Did Gentrification Save Brooklyn?

Posted March 2, 2017 by

Angry over the upscale transformation of formerly working-class Brooklyn neighborhoods like Park Slope and Williamsburg? Kay Hymowitz argues that rather than bemoan Brooklyn’s gentrification we should applaud it. In her new book, The New Brooklyn: What It Takes to Bring
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Richmond Shows How Progressives Can Win

Posted January 17, 2017 by

As millions look to further social and economic justice during the Trump presidency, many will seek change at the local level.  Steve Early’s new book on the progressive political transformation of Richmond, California, Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and
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Top Recommended Books of 2016

Posted December 8, 2016 by

A lot of good books stay under the radar these days, as the New York Times and other key promoters review the same highly pushed works. So for those looking beyond the bestsellers for some good reads this holiday season,
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The Inside Scoop on CA Politics

Posted October 13, 2016 by

Change from the Inside: My Life, the Chicano Movement, and the Story of an Era by Richard Alatorre with Mark Grossman Richard Alatorre may not be a household name today, but he was on the front lines of many of
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The Woman Who Saved Our Cities

Posted September 22, 2016 by

Jane Jacobs is the leading urban visionary for post-WWII cities. Fittingly, her 100th birthday this year is being celebrated by books, events and a new documentary film. I recently spoke at a SPUR panel titled “What Would Jane Jacobs Do?,”
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