Magazine May 15, 2017, Issue

A Failed Urbanism

The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class -- and What We Can Do about It, by Richard Florida (Basic, 336 pp., $28)

Richard Florida would like to clarify something. The creative class, it turns out, is not going to save your city — or any city. Florida, the stylish urban-studies professor who launched a lucrative career as a jet-setting urban theorist with his 2002 book The Rise of the Creative Class, thinks cities have become a big problem. In fact, the most problematic cities are the ones that seem most fully to embody his optimistic ideas about the creative class. Whether Florida is willing to admit it or not, his new book is more or less a sustained rebuttal of his famous

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Books, Arts & Manners

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Acts of Undermining

Set in the summer and early autumn of 1949, “Deconstruction” reimagines the relationship between Paul de Man, newly arrived in New York City from Belgium, and novelist-critic Mary McCarthy.


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The Week

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