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Capital city is a rigorous data driven examination of the role that real estate capital has played in making cities more and more unaffordable and gentrified he takes the time to carefully examine its history the legal and political policies that drive it and does the necessary work of following the money which a depressing number of books fail to do. This superbly succinct and incisive book couldnt be more timely or urgent michael sorkin author of all over the map our cities are. Gentrification technically means the arrival of the gentry gentry has little cultural meaning in american english but gentrification has maintained a firm grip on denoting the influx of capital. Capital city casts a cold and brilliant light on the underlying political dynamics of global cities and rightly concludes that real estate and finance are in charge this sobering book has to be part of our toolkit as we try to find the moorings for a powerful democratic pushback in local political struggles