[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”333″ identifier=”0553447432″ locale=”US” src=”http://englewoodreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/41MXMkzKooL-1.jpg” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”226″]If Neighborhoods Are Destabilized
A Feature Review of
Poverty and Profit
in the American City
Hardback: Crown Books, 2016
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Reviewed by Kristin Williams
When the housing market was as close to the bottom as it would get, my husband was offered a perfect job in another state. Our only hesitation came when we looked around the small town we would be leaving and saw many homes for sale or standing empty and very little movement in the market. Thinking we could wait until the market rebounded, we decided try renting our house for a while. Today, nearly 8 years later, we are still renting our house out and still learning exactly what that means.
It was from the perspective of a landlord that I picked up Matthew Desmond’s devastating new book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Desmond, a Harvard sociologist and recipient of a MacArthur Grant, combines personal insight gained during years living in inner city Milwaukee and data collected as part of his Milwaukee Area Renters Study to create an eye opening portrait of poverty and racial inequality. These problems are not unique to Milwaukee, they can be found in every large American city.