3. N.D.B. Connolly, "A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida" (University of Chicago Press)

That property possesses economic power is obvious to anybody who rents. Just how destructive that power can be is documented in "Concrete," which follows 80 years of Miami real estate to show how it shapes urban policy and controls populations. Connolly, a history professor at Johns Hopkins University (disclosure: where this writer is also employed), presents a sobering account of how real-estate development has been used to segregate populations (black from white, working class from middle class), concentrate wealth, and insulate affluent areas from social unrest. (BM)
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