Driving Detroit: The Quest for Respect in the Motor City
Detroit is the international icon for a once-thriving industrial powerhouse transformed within half a century into a dysfunctional metropolis. In his new book, Driving Detroit, George Galster paints a stunning portrait of Metropolitan Detroit through an eclectic application of urban planning, economics, sociology, political science, geography, history, and psychology. Among the topics up for discussion are the region’s geopolitical environment, evolving economic and population patterns, and longstanding inter-class and inter-racial struggles.
George Galster is the Clarence Hilberry Professor of Urban Affairs at Wayne State University. His research has focused on urban neighborhoods and housing markets, exploring how they change and how they change the people who live within them. This has resulted in over 130 peer-reviewed articles, 30 book chapters and seven books. His latest book is Driving Detroit: The Quest for Respect in the Motor City (2012).
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