A legendary figure in the realms of public policy and academia,
John Gilderbloom is one of the foremost urban-planning researchers
of our time, producing groundbreaking studies on housing markets,
design, location, regulation, financing, and community building.
Now, in Invisible City, he turns his eye to
fundamental questions regarding housing for the elderly, the
disabled, and the poor. Why is it that some locales can offer
affordable, accessible, and attractive housing, while the large
majority of cities fail to do so? Invisible City calls
for a brave new housing paradigm that makes the needs of
marginalized populations visible to policy makers.
Drawing on fascinating case studies in Houston, Louisville, and
New Orleans, and analyzing census information as well as policy
reports, Gilderbloom offers a comprehensive, engaging, and
optimistic theory of how housing can be remade with a progressive
vision. While many contemporary urban scholars have failed to
capture the dynamics of what is happening in our cities,
Gilderbloom presents a new vision of shelter as a force that shapes
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