MSc Urban Studies students review Richard Florida's 'The New Urban Crisis'
5 September 2018
Students on the Creative Cities module of the MSc Urban Studies programme at UCL have published a review of the the latest book by author and urbanist Richard Florida in the academic journal Planning Perspectives (2018, 33/3, 481-2)
The New Urban Crisis: how our cities are increasing inequality, deepening segregation, and failing the middle-class - and what we can do about it (One World, 2017), focuses on inequality, gentrification, housing bubbles and neoliberalism in cities.
The review, by MSc students Jordan Rowe, Olivia Smith and Sidra Ahmed, with the module and course convenor Dr Andrew Harris, argues that, while there are deeper analyses of deepening inequality in cities, Florida's book offers an entry point to the subject for non-academic readers by tying together the central elements and contradictions of contemporary neoliberal governance.
The Urban Studies MSc is administered through the UCL Geography department, and is closely connected with the UCL Urban Laboratory to draw out its interdisciplinary approach, intellectual engagement and international scope.