Campanella, Chusid, Forester, Goldsmith: CRP Faculty Book Authors

Thomas Campanella

"Brooklyn: A Secret History." Covering 400 years of history, Brooklyn: A Secret History explores formative episodes in the shaping of Brooklyn's extraordinary urban landscape, bringing to life the long-forgotten dreams, schemes, and visions that helped create — and destroy — one of America's most storied cities. The book, with 15 chapters and a foreword by Phillip Lopate, will be published by Princeton University Press for release in the spring of 2018.

Jeffrey Chusid

"California Modernism in India: Insights from the work and life of Joseph Allen Stein." Joseph Allen Stein was an American architect, with a growing practice in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1940s that he abandoned in the face of the anti-Communist Black List to start a new life in India. By the early 1960s, he had a thriving and influential firm producing major works that are still much appreciated today in his adopted homeland. His political and social interests were central to his life and work, as they were for many modernists, although today we may interpret the results from the stance of a critique of neocolonialism and globalism. 

John Forester

"How Planners Improvise: Stories of New Orleans and Holland." Rebuilding Community After Katrina (with Ken Reardon) tells the story of how Cornell's planning department partnered with a strong grassroots community organization, ACORN, to address the devastation and plan for the recovery of the Ninth Ward in New Orleans after the disaster of Katrina and failed levees. Conflict, Improvisation, Governance (with David Laws) shows how diverse "street level democrats" (planners, community workers, housing association staff, and others) translate policy intentions into actual policy practices in fluid, messy, ambiguous, contentious contexts that demand not only yesterday's techniques and visions but today's improvisation and creative responsiveness to unique settings.

William W. Goldsmith

"Saving Our Cities: A Progressive Plan to Transform Urban America." Saving Our Cities shows how cities can be places of opportunity rather than places with problems. With strongly revived cities and suburbs, working as places that serve all their residents, metropolitan areas will thrive, thus making the national economy more productive, the environment better protected, the citizenry better educated, and the society more reflective, sensitive, and humane. Goldsmith argues that America has been in the habit of abusing its cities and their poorest suburbs, which are always the first to be blamed for society's ills and the last to be helped. As federal and state budgets, regulations, and programs line up with the interests of giant corporations and privileged citizens, they impose austerity on cities, shortchange public schools, make it hard to get nutritious food, and inflict the drug war on unlucky neighborhoods.

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