Brooklyn, New York 11201 United States
Our cities are changing. Global real estate is now a 217 trillion dollar industry, 36 times the value of all the gold ever mined. It makes up 60&% of the world’s assets, and the most powerful person in the world—the president of the United States—made his name as a landlord and real estate developer. As Samuel Stein makes clear in this tightly argued book, it’s through the seemingly innocuous profession of city planning that we can best understand the transformations underway. Planners provide a window into the practical dynamics of urban change: the way the state uses and is used by organized capital, and the power of landlords and developers at every level of government. But crucially, planners also possess the powers we must leverage if we ever wish to reclaim our cities.
Samuel Stein studies geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and teaches urban studies at Hunter College. His writing on planning politics been published by Jacobin, The Journal of Urban Affairs, Metropolitics, and many other magazines and journals.