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The Edge Becomes the Center

D.W. Gibson

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-0861-7
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8
Hardcover
Overlook
05/12/2015

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If you live in a city—and every year, more and more Americans do—you’ve seen firsthand how gentrification has transformed our surroundings, altering the way cities look, feel, cost, and even smell.

Over the last few years, journalists, policymakers, critics, and historians have all tried to explain just what it is that happens when new money and new residents flow into established neighborhoods, yet we’ve had very little access to the human side of the gentrification phenomenon. The Edge Becomes the Center captures the stories of the many kinds of people—brokers, buyers, sellers, renters, landlords, artists, contractors, politicians, and everyone in between—who are shaping and being shaped by the new New York City.

In this extraordinary oral history, DW Gibson takes gentrification out of the op-ed columns and textbooks and brings it to life, showing us what urban change looks and feels like by exposing us to the voices of the people living through it. Drawing on the plainspoken, casually authoritative tradition of Jane Jacobs and Studs Terkel, The Edge Becomes the Center is an inviting and essential portrait of the way we live now.


Praise for Not Working:

“A book with fascinating range and a fresh perspective [that shows] how powerful the genre of oral history can be.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Wrenching . . . Wide-ranging . . . This book is so important.” —New York Daily News

“An intense, moving, ground-level history of our difficult times.” —Teju Cole

“A powerful and heart-wrenching story that is unfortunately replicated far too many times by far too many people.” —Ken Burns




DW Gibson
is the author of Not Working: People Talk About Losing a Job and Finding Their Way in Today’s Changing Economy. His work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The New York Observer, The Daily Beast, BOMB, and The Caravan. Gibson serves as director of Writers Omi at Ledig House in Ghent, New York, which is part of the Omi International Arts Center. He is also the co-founder and co-director of Sangam House, a writers’ residency in India. He lives with his wife and daughter in New York City.

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