Poverty and Profit in the American CityBook - 2016
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BostonPL_KirstenD Dec 04, 2020
Follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and exploitation and explores the damaging effects of land scarcity, housing dilapidation and racial segregation.
BostonPL_EileenS Mar 09, 2019
General Nonfiction, 2017. For a deeply researched exposé that showed how mass evictions after the 2008 economic crash were less a consequence than a cause of poverty. - pulitzer.org
BostonPL_EileenS Feb 07, 2020
Nonfiction. Discussed September 20.
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If incarceration had come to define the lives of men from impoverished black neighborhoods, eviction was shaping the lives of women. Poor black men were locked up. Poor black women were locked out.
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Between 2007 and 2009, the American housing market was shaken by the subprime mortgage crisis, in which banks foreclosed on millions of homeowners who could not keep up with their rapidly inflating mortgage payments. But another group of people is deeply affected by the trauma of displacement on a more regular basis: the renting poor. Many of these families are spending between fifty and seventy percent of their monthly income on housing, and even a small crisis can easily cause them to fall behind on the rent, making them subject to eviction. Sociologist Matthew Desmond takes the reader into two of Milwaukee’s poorest neighbourhoods, one predominantly white, the other mostly black, and spends eighteen months examining what happens when landlords evict those who have fallen behind on the rent.
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