May 31, 2020
How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood
Posted by Peter Moskowitz

While the mainstream media publishes style pieces about mustached hipsters brewing craft beers in warehouses in Brooklyn, global businessmen are remaking entire cities While new coffee shops open for business in previously affordable neighborhoods, residents ignore the multi million dollar tax giveaways that have enabled real estate developers to build skyscrapers on topWhile the mainstream media publishes style pieces about mustached hipsters brewing craft beers in warehouses in Brooklyn, global businessmen are remaking entire cities While new coffee shops open for business in previously affordable neighborhoods, residents ignore the multi million dollar tax giveaways that have enabled real estate developers to build skyscrapers on top of brownstones.As journalist Peter Moskowitz shows in How to Kill a City, gentrification is not a fad or a trend Hipsters and yuppies have buying power than the neighbors they often displace, but individual actors cannot control housing markets and remake cities on their own Nor can gentrification be fully explained by developers either while they might have similar interests, the part time house flipper who owns five houses in New Orleans and the condo owner in Detroit do not coordinate policy with each other There s a losing side and a winning side in gentrification, but both sides are playing the same game they are not its designers.How to Kill a City uncovers the massive, systemic, capitalist forces that push poor people out of cities and lure the young creative class Gentrification, Moskowitz argues, is the logical consequence of racist, historic housing policies and the inevitable result of a neoliberalized economy with little federal funding for housing, transportation, or anything else, American cities are now forced to rely completely on their tax base to fund basic services, and the richer a city s tax base, the easier those services are to fund.Moskowitz writes about four cities New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco, and New York and captures the lives that have been altered by gentrification He also identifies the policies and policymakers who paved the way for the remaking of these cities When we think of gentrification of some mysterious, inevitable process, we accept its consequences the displacement of countless thousands of families, the destruction of cultures, the decreased affordability of life for everyone How to Kill a City serves as a counterweight to hopelessness about the future of urban America that enables readers to see cities are shaped by powerful interests, and that if we identify those interests, we can begin to control them.

  • Title: How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood
  • Author: Peter Moskowitz
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  • Page: 396
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • How to Kill a City Gentrification Inequality and the Fight for the Neighborhood While the mainstream media publishes style pieces about mustached hipsters brewing craft beers in warehouses in Brooklyn global businessmen are remaking entire cities While new coffee shops open for


    To me, the book feels more emotional and anecdotal than investigative and informative. Gentrification is such a nuanced and multifaceted topic, I wish the book had delved deeper. What separates gentrification from simple rent rise - an inevitable side effect of a city's economic growth? Is there a case where a city (internationally or in the US) successfully balances freedom of movement with protection of the locals?It is a book I'd be really keen to discuss with local and international friends [...]


    "The ignorance of the lives of others is allows gentrification to happen. Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts points out in her book Harlem is Nowhere that whenever a neighborhood gentrifies, you hear white people and the media using phrases such as 'People are starting to move to that neighborhood,' or 'No one used to go there, but that's changing.' The implication is that before these places gentrified, no one lived there, or at least no one of importance. This is what is happening in New Orleans and every o [...]


    I should have known when the San Francisco Chronicle recommended this book that it was going to be far left. As a 60-year resident of one of the cities discussed in this book, I found several crucial trends missing from this book:1) The author focuses on certain races getting displaced and not on economic groups. Are races being targeted, or is the middle class being targeted too?2) There is virtually no mention of EB-5 visas that allow rich people from other countries to jump to the front of th [...]

    Anika Rothingham

    "This country was founded on displacement - on the idea that white men have a greater right to space, and even to people's bodies, than anyone else. That's taken the form of slavery, segregation, the genocide of Native Americans, and now, to a certain extent, gentrification."I'm guessing that most players in gentrification - the victims and the gentrifiers - are unaware of the systems and political acts underlying what we all can see are the effects of gentrification. While Moskowitz acknowledge [...]


    The minute my friend Jason told me about How to Kill a City I was on it like a duck on a June bug. The book takes a look at four major cities in the US that have been thoroughly or partially transformed through gentrification over recent years: New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco, & New York. I have ties to three of the four: I spent the first seventeen years of my life in Detroit, lived in New York City in the late 90's for four years, and have had family and friends living in San Francisco [...]

    Michael Parkinson

    Written from the perspective of a native New Yorker and self-identified gentrifier, How To Kill a City explores the phenomenon through 4 unique case studies: New York City, New Orleans, Detroit and San Francisco. I appreciate the broader audience this serves and while not an expert on 3 of the 4 case studies, I found the analysis of NYC to be relatively fair (if not entirely thorough). I would probably recommend to others but with a few caveats. Would have given a 3.5 if I could have.

    Blaise Lucey

    This was a wonderful, comprehensive look at the cycle of gentrification across four different cities. Moskowitz's writing is compelling, casual, and very well-researched all at the same time, which I really appreciated. I learned a lot about one of the most divisive subjects today, and appreciated the anecdotal tidbits & interviews mixed with harder research & history. That said, this book, for all its historical underpinnings, rarely focuses on things like crime rates and murder rates i [...]

    McKenzie Watson

    I really appreciated Moskowitz’s book, and I think it’s a significant contribution to mainstream books currently available on the topic of gentrification. How to Kill a City is probably the most direct, wide-reaching, and accessible work I’ve read on the topic. I intentionally read it immediately after Rothstein’s heavy academic tome, The Color of Law, not to compare but as a complementary piece. Moskowitz’s book is heavily researched both in terms of supportive scholarship and life ex [...]


    Peter Moskowitz's volume details the ways that city governments and federal policies have an equal hand in gentrification as city immigrants looking for cheap rents. I admired his combination of personal stories from gentrifiers and gentrified citizens alongside historical analysis and in depth policy illumination. I wish that he had included more individual strategies for combating gentrification.


    Anyone with an interest in cities, living in cities, thinking about cities heck, even if you living in rural areas should read this book. By breaking down the scenarios of New Orleans, Detroit, San Fran, and NYC, Moskowitz effectively gets to the root causes of gentrification, displacement and inequity. While this book was a page turner and well researched, the author spends just a mere 5 pages on solutions or strategies to address these urban issues. As an urban planner, I would have liked to s [...]


    "Before the hippie, antiwar, and civil rights movements of the late 1960s began to really take hold, there had been decades of foundational work laid by writers, filmmakers, poets, performers, activists, and others that helped people conceive of a different future. I believe we are in one of those foundational periods right now, on the precipice of something larger. It's time to start building."


    This is a well-written book on the origins and effects of depression using as case studies four cities (Detroit, New Orleans, SF, and NYC). The book was a pleasure to read as it didn't contain even one editorial, grammatical, or spelling error - rather refreshing these days. There is however no "solution" offered to the problem of displacement/homelessness that invariably flows from the gentrification process. That was disappointing; the author has concluded that gentrification is endemic becaus [...]


    A great, timely book that really opened my eyes and gave me a better understanding of the root causes of gentrification (hint: it's not caused by hipsters with mustaches, they're just one of the symptoms). There's also an inspiring chapter at the end about what we can do to turn things around, although it's definitely going to be an uphill battle.


    Very thought-provoking. I am definitely thinking differently about redevelopment now.


    Holy grail. Gentrification is not cupcake shops and tight pants, it's the intentional collaboration between local governments and developers to harvest capital from American cities and promote their "highest and best use."

    Michael Andersen-Andrade

    This book documents the gentrification and its effects on four American cities, two of which I am intimately familiar. Born and raised in Manhattan, a city that runs through my veins, I can viscerally feel how that city has become a playground for the very rich and how much of the vitality and rawness of New York have been sucked out of it. As a young adult I moved to San Francisco and now live in the gentrifying Mission District, one of the neighborhoods characterized in the book. Like most peo [...]


    If you are in the mood to be outraged by the basic unfairness of gentrification, and meet some people adversely affected by it, this is your book. If you're looking for systematic assessment of causes, incidence and potential solutions, maybe not.

    Will Turner

    Peter Moskowitz's How to Kill a City offers an engaging and often heartbreaking look at gentrification in the US. He focuses specifically on four unique cities: New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco, and New York. Each city offers a slightly different perspective on gentrification. New Orleans had a "clean slate" after the devastation of Katrina. Detroit's gentrification arose out of the cities bankruptcy. San Fran faces gentrification with the rising tech fields. And he details the long history o [...]

    Zack Gebhardt

    This book is about gentrification as it takes form in four different cities: New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco, and New York City. The subtitle indicates that the author will try to describe systemic processes that led each city to its present-day housing/inequality/displacement situation. The book is divided into four sections, one for each city, and transitions well between each one. I wondered what is this guy going to say that’s different than anyone else? The gentrification process [...]

    Cindy Leighton

    "we have too, increasingly viewing ourselves not as community members with a responsibility to each other but as purchasers of things and experiences. . .our lives are increasingly isolated and commodified."If I could make encourage everyone in the US to read ten books this would be one of them. There is way too much here to unpack in a brief review, but Moskowitz really explains how gentrification is a bigger issue than hipsters displacing poor PoC and replacing corner stores with coffee shops [...]

    Michael Dougherty

    I'm learning to be more aware of my fellow city dwellers. Moskowitz opened me up to my own prejudice and to my bedrock belief in capitalism. This book is an expose on gentrification and the complex policy issues four cities: New Orleans, Detroit, SF and NY have faced and navigated differently. I'm growing more aware that gentrification is not the good news I had thought but, instead, a systematic displacement of neighborhood disenfranchised residents. Miskowitz can be maddeningly flip with a phr [...]


    "Cities, more than being places for people to live, have become ways to produce, manage, attract, and extract capital." -Peter Moskowitz. I live in a rapidly, rabidly gentrifying city. Prior to reading this book I had remarked to friends how I felt like I had become a stranger in the neighborhood I have lived in for the past ten years which has been the longest I have ever lived in one place in my entire life and which makes the sense of alienation I feel all the more poignant and acute. Ironica [...]

    victor harris

    Revitalizing inner cities may seem like a good thing. Gentrification as it is, is a growing trend in a number of urban areas. Moskowitz selects Detroit, and New Orleans, New York, and San Francisco for his primary examples and shows that while there are benefits, there are also losers in the wealth and location reconfiguration scramble. Because of the increased cost of living and housing, many in the middle and low income ranges cannot keep pace with the upheaval and are forced to relocate. Affo [...]

    Nancy Mcnally

    I live in SF4th generation in my family.y SF natives proclaim how many generations their family has lived in SF with angst. It makes no difference. if you are a SF tenant you are the equivalent of a charred slice of curated $ 7.00 toast. I read the first few pages of the reviews here .e justifications, the excuses, the civic leadership rationales Peter Morkowitz details in his book .ny people reviewing simply do not want to face what financial growth via property gentrification does to those sh [...]

    Chris Lemoine

    The author does a marvelous job of discussing gentrification by using four examples - Detroit, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco. He's from New York, so that's where he unleashes a lot of passion, but elsewhere he lets neighborhood activists and smart observers speak. It's an often infuriating, but also illuminating look at what happens to our cities and, if yours is earlier in its lifecycle than those four, what you might have to look forward to. I very much appreciate how Moskowitz discusse [...]

    Lisa Hunt

    Not sure how I feel about this bookon the plus side, it definitely made me think. I really haven't thought a whole lot about gentrification and, when I did, I guess I always thought it was a good improvement. Who doesn't want new stores, coffee shops, nice places? Naïve as it sounds, I really never thought twice about what might have been there before and where did those people go. So, in that respect, I liked this book because it made me aware of things that I wasn't aware of before. On the ne [...]


    Really fascinating discussion about the history of gentrification and its ongoing impact and expansion. Moskowitz highlights the specific ways in which gentrification has developed in different cities and does a nice job balancing a critical examination of gentrification and gentrifiers with a recognition that many of those who are moving into these cities are not necessarily insidious or ill intentioned but rather are pushed to take advantage of the many systematic forces that create opportunit [...]


    A very timely and interesting expose of gentrification and how it affects four major cities in the US (New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco and New York City). I believe that the author does a good job of explaining many of the reasons for which gentrification is occurring; he does not lay the blame solely at the feet of city governments who give handouts to wealthy developers, he does not blame millennials (who are apparently ruining cities, too, among all of the other things they are ruining) f [...]

    Michael Kareev

    This book, along with "Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul," is simply the best (and the most up-to-date, I believe) depiction of frightening processes swallowing big cities.Peter covers New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco and New York and explains what reasons led to an incredible commercialization of those locations and influx of white (mostly) people that don't want to have anything in common with the culture and traditions fostered in those communities they're conquering. Unli [...]

    Alex Abboud

    Gentrification is often portrayed as a largely organic process. Moskovitz deconstructs that idea by showing how the levers of government and business are driving gentrification, why cities became attractive places to invest, and what the impact is on people who were there before cities and neighborhoods were "discovered." He examines and shares stories from four cities - New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco, and New York City - that support this. It's a different, and refreshing look at what's go [...]

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