Saving Our Cities: A Reading & Book Signing with William Goldsmith


Red Salmon Arts Present

America abuses its cities and their poorest suburbs, mistreating them like despised stepchildren, first to be blamed and last to be helped. Federal and state budgets, regulations, and programs line up with the interests of giant corporations and privileged citizens to impose austerity, shortchange public schools, take away good food, and inflict the drug war on unlucky neighborhoods. Saving Our Cities documents these costly damages, then shows better options.

Goldsmith has published widely in scholarly journals on US cities, segregation, and poverty, and also on international urbanization and regional development. His 2016 book, Saving Our Cities: A Progressive Plan to Transform Urban America won Honorable Mention for the John Friedmann Book Prize from ASCP. His co-authored book Separate Societies: Poverty and Inequality in U.S. Cities won the Paul Davidoff Prize from ACSP in 1993; the second edition, in 2010, has a foreword by President Clinton. He co-edited Urban and Regional Planning in an Age of Austerity in 1980.

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