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Book Review Essay: The Unequal City
Introduction to Urban Studies
The book review essay is on Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State. The essay asks you to evaluate the book while drawing on readings and lectures from weeks 4 through 6.
Students are required to answer the four prompts below. Answers should be two pages long (double space, 12-point font, 1-inch margins). We are assessing your knowledge of course materials (lectures and readings). MLA or APA formats are acceptable. Submit in Word or PDF format only. Do not submit in Pages format.
The book review essay is worth 50 points.
Your answers must be written in a standard essay format consisting of a short introduction (with a thesis statement), supporting paragraphs that respond to each of the prompts, and a short conclusion. There should be no more than two direct quotations.
1. What does Stein mean by the real estate state? Is the real estate state neoliberal? Support your answer.
2. What are the principal causes of gentrification?
3. According to Stein, what are the specific things that planners do to support gentrification?
4. What are important consequences from gentrification?