As Davis shows, prophecies of urban doom too often come true. Beginning with a trip to New York's Ground Zero, Davis pairs the horror of lower Manhattan's falling skyscrapers with Las Vegas' delirious delight in blowing up its landmark hotels.
In his most provocative writing yet, the radical urban theorist Mike Davis explores the combat zone that is contemporary urban America, the site of a perpetual battle waged within cities and against nature. Davis examines themes of urban life today - white flight, housing and job segregation and discrimination - and looks at areas he calls national sacrifice zones, military landscapes that simulated warfare and arms production have rendered uninhabitable. Davis begins his apocalyptically inflected tour with a trip to New York's Ground Zero and to the diabolic miracle of Las Vegas.
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About Mike Davis
Mike Davis is a MacArthur fellow and the author of several books, including City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles, Ecology of Fear, and Magical Urbanism: Latinos Reinvent the US Big City. He has taught at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SciArc) and the University of California at Irvine. He lives in San Diego, California. He has personal ties in Ireland and makes frequent trips to the UK.
Dead Cities by Mike Davis
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