Book review: A World More Concrete

This impressive study not only explores how real estate development shaped city politics and African-American populations around metropolitan Miami in the 20th century, it delivers a powerful look at how property functions as political power and de facto urban policy to segregate and control populations. By documenting how black and white landlords, politicians, and entrepreneurs found ways to reproduce Jim Crow segregation via property ownership, Connolly, a Johns Hopkins assistant professor of history, shows how economic interests become cudgels wielded to separate the worthy
 from the worthless, and continue to carve up American cities and exurbs today.

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