How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality and the Fight for the Neighborhood

"Poignantly conveys how gentrification grows out of a legacy of racial discrimination...Valiantly captures the human dimension of a crisis." 

-The Washington Post

“[An] exacting look at gentrification...How to Kill a City elucidates the complex interplay between the forces we control and those that control us.”

-New York Times Book Review

"Brings some much-needed clarity to thinking about a slippery concept."

-The Atlantic

How to Kill a City is a book about gentrification in four cities: New York, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Detroit. The book takes readers on a narrative journey through each city, meeting the residents, activists, and corporations battling out for the future of their cities. It's meant to give readers a compelling and digestible way to understand a complex, pressing issue.

The book was published by Nation Books/Perseus/Hachette in March 2017. 

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What people are saying:

"[Moskowitz] pulls no punches in his depiction of gentrification...He paints a vivid and grim picture of the future of American cities." -Kirkus Reviews

“A fascinating analysis of late-stage gentrification in which corporate control of cities renders them uninhabitable to most people. Showing how gentrifiers exploit‘someone else’s loss’ as a consequence of long histories of racist policy, Peter Moskowitz calls for a global movement against this ‘new form of segregation,’ defining housing as a human right rooted in community instead of real-estate profit.” —Sarah Schulman, author of Gentrification of the Mind and The Cosmopolitans

"A forceful critique of gentrification and its impact on disempowered members of American society. Relevant to anyone who values diverse cityscapes and socioeconomic justice."—Library Journal

“Peter Moskowitz offers a smartly written and fiercely logical indictment of city governments for selling out longtime residents to aggressive developers and rich investors, and calling it growth. This book is a wake-up call to communities to say no to state-sponsored gentrification and join together to resist their own demise.” —Sharon Zukin, author of Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places

“Using four dramatically different American cities, Moskowitz makes a compelling and important case that gentrification is a ‘knowable and replicable act’ that, left unchecked, can destroy what we love about cities in the seductive name of progress.” —Art Agnos, former mayor of San Francisco