Resources for the course which is being run by Coursera:
- In this video, the economist Edward Glaeser lays out the key ideas on his book, Triumph of the City.
- In this video on The Surprising Math of Cities and Corporations, the Geoffrey West is a physicist who brings an intriguing perspective to cities and urbanization. This is his 2011 TED Talk.
Books and articles
- Jane Jacobs’ trilogy of books on cities: The Death and Life of Great American Cities, The Economy of Cities, and Cities and the Wealth of Nations.
- Edward Glaeser’s Triumph of the City provides a recent contemporary take on cities and why they matter today.
- Benjamin Barber’s If Mayor’s Ruled the World outlines the neglected but essential role of mayors in today’s society.
- The website Plantizen has a great list of the 100 most important books on cities ever written.
- In this video, Cities and the New Urban Crisis, I discuss the new divides and challenges facing cities with a mayor, business official and other urban experts.
- In the second video, Cities in Crisis, I discuss the challenges of housing, inequality and gentrification.
- My most recent book, The New Urban Crisis, published in April 2017 provides a comprehensive overview of the challenges and divides facing cities in the 21st century.
- Lance Freeman, the leading expert on gentrification, discusses gentrification’s myths and realities.
- “The Downsides of the Back-to-the-City Movement” outlines the factors that have propelled the recent gentrification of the urban center and the winners and losers it produces.
- “America’s Most Economically Segregated Cities” outlines the problem of the rising economic segregation of our cities. Across America and much of the advanced world, middle class neighborhoods have declined as cities are divided into small areas of concentrated wealth surrounded by much larger spans of concentrated advantage.