George Galster, 2016 winner of the UAA “Contributions to the Field of Urban Affairs” award, announces the publication of his new book from the University of Chicago Press, Making Our Neighborhoods, Making Our Selves. Urbanists have tried for decades to define exactly what a neighborhood is. But behind that daunting existential question lies a much murkier problem: how do you make neighborhoods productive and fair for their residents? In Making Our Neighborhoods, Making Our Selves, Galster delves deep into the question of whether American neighborhoods are as efficient and equitable as they could be—socially and financially—and, if not, what we can do to change that. Galster aims to redefine the relationship between places and people, promoting specific policies that reduce inequalities in opportunity. Drawing on economics, sociology, geography, and psychology, Making Our Neighborhoods, Making Our Selves delivers a clear-sighted explanation of what neighborhoods are, how they come to be—and what they should be.
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The book will be discussed at a UAA conference session in Los Angeles in April.