Place Matters: Metropolitics for the Twentyfirst Century

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University Press of Kansas
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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 1.55 pounds

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About the Author

Peter Dreier is Dr. E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and chair of the Urban and Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. John Mollenkopf is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology and director of the Center for Urban Research at CUNY Graduate Center. Todd Swanstrom is Des Lee Endowed Professor of Community Collaboration and Public Policy Administration at University of Missouri-St. Louis .


"Notable for its accessibility and clarity, Place Matters is also a compelling narrative, demonstrating collective and wide-ranging knowledge of the American city."--Economic Geography

"The authors have uncovered a vast array of important empirical questions that should inform the urban research community and urban planners."--Journal of Politics

"One of the strongest volumes on metropolitan affairs in recent years. Deserves a broad readership."--Urban Ecology

"No better summary exists of 'progressive' thinking on urban policy. Highly recommended."--Choice

"For anyone concerned about the future of America's cities."--U.S. Mayor
"A more level economic playing field for poor citizens of cities and inner-ring suburbs isn't just some liberal cause. It's critical to all Americans' futures. To work, strategies need to be federal, state, and metro-region wide. Place Matters. This book gets it, and lays out the basic arguments in brilliant fashion."--Neal Peirce, coauthor of Citistates

"A brilliant and important piece of work. Deeply informed, penetrating in its analysis of the problems of economic segregation and spatial inequalities, and bold yet practical in its search for solutions and proposals for reform. Place Matters is one of the best books of applied social science I have ever read."--Richard DeLeon, author of Left Coast City: Progressive Politics in San Francisco, 1975-1991

"An important book. Dreier, Mollenkopf, and Swanstrom have creatively diagnosed one of the most important domestic problems of the twenty-first century. This thoughtful volume is bound to become a standard reference for students, scholars, and the lay public who seek a broader understanding of the rising economic segregation in our nation's metropolises and how to confront it."--William Julius Wilson, author of When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor