The New Urban Crisis: How our cities are increasing inequality, deepening segregation, and failing the middle class -- and what we can do about it
pub. 2017, 310p
This is an important book on a topic near to me: how to make our cities more equitable. The book is incredibly-well researched and feels like the result of Richard Florida's decades-long career dedicated to the subject. Unfortunately, I couldn't help getting bogged down by the statistics. The numbers are frequent and relenting and eventually overpower the prose in the early chapters. I frequently found myself losing the thrust of the writing and prefered to read the first and last sentence of each paragraph to gain the meaning without the statistics. I'm reluctant to say all this because I'm usually lamenting a lack of rigor in what I read. Here, it's almost too much of a good thing.
The end chapter offers concrete recommendations for how to improve our cities, and is probably the most important and interesting portion of the book. Unfortunately, I've only skimmed the recommendations as my LAPL borrowing period has run out. Hopefully the next person can get through the numbers more quickly than me!