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The Great Inversion

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Featuring Raphael Bostic, Liz Falletta, Chris Redfearn, and Mott Smith

Alan Ehrenhalt begins The Great Inversion by taking a tour of 19th century European cities – 5-story Paris and Vienna. He argues that the demographics of the urban and suburban landscape are in the midst of a grand change. After the great sprawl of the 50s, the affluent are reclaiming urban spaces while minorities and immigrants are moving to the edges. New urbanism is winning and Ehrenhalt uses several examples to prove his point. Find out if our readers agreed with the thesis.

To listen to the Bedrosian Book Club Podcast discussion of The Great Inversion, click the arrow in the player at the top of this post. Or you can download it and subscribe through Soundcloud or iTunes!

Next Month …

Tune in next time for a discussion of Shakespeare’s Richard II. As our Director of Programming and Outreach, Donnajean Ward, claims – is this a story of political legitimacy? Read along with us and find out!

If you are lucky enough to be in London or Brooklyn, check out David Tennant revising the role!



Links to things we talk about:

New Urbanism
Daniel G. Chatman. 2013. “Does TOD Need the T? On the Importance of Factors Other than Rail Access,” Journal of the American Planning Association, 79(1): 17–31. Link in Access Magazine
Highland Park, Los Angeles
Ellis Act in Los Angeles


This podcast was produced by Aubrey Hicks and Jonathan Schwartz, recorded and mixed by Corey Hedden.

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