The Great Inversion

Great inversion
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The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City

By Alan Ehrenhalt. New York: Vintage Books, 2013, c2012.

This book examines American urban/suburban society, gentrification, and the implications of shifts for the future. It discusses commercial canyons and mass transit versus car-dominated cities versus postwar suburbs. It explains how America’s cities are changing, what makes them succeed or fail, and what this all means.  A demographic inversion is taking place: cities are where the affluent millennials and retirees want to live, while suburbs are becoming home to poorer people and immigrants. The author holds a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, resides in Arlington, Virginia and is a contributing writer to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. 

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