Urban Design Committee Book Review of 'How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood' by Peter Moskowitz

March 8, 2018
6 - 7:30 PM
Center / Architecture + Design
1218 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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The AIA Philadelphia Urban Design Committee is excited to announce the first urban design book review of 2018! Please join us for a lively discussion on Peter Moskowitz’s nationally acclaimed book, ‘How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood’. This session will expand upon the planning, policy, and development initiatives presented in the book to explore opportunities to promote equitable urbanism in Philadelphia and beyond.


Copies are available for purchase on Amazon at or Indie Bound at


All are welcome and yes, there will be snacks! We hope to see you there!




"[An] exacting look at gentrification in New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco and New York, exposing how large institutions-goverments, businesses, foundations-influence street-level processes that might appear as organic as the coffee shop's dark roast. ... How to Kill a City elucidates the complex interplay between the forces we control and those that control us."―New York Times Book Review


"Moskowitz is a talented and impassioned writer...[H]e pokes, prods and listens. He finds holes in official stories and gifted storytellers among people who have been steamrolled."―San Francisco Chronicle


"Movingly conveys [gentrification's] emotional and sometimes tragic toll as he highlights its stark racial realities in Detroit, San Francisco, New York and New Orleans."―Washington Post


"Gentrification takes a community's personal tragedy, loss and destruction, and monetizes it. Understanding how this happens, and how individuals may unwittingly find themselves a part of it is what makes Moskowitz's book so important. It isn't a lesson about what happened, it's a warning about what is happening now."―Truthout 

For more information, please contact:
AIA Philadelphia Urban Design Committee
Mandy Palasik
215.922.6600 X 104