Island Press Events


The Divided City: A Discussion with Alan Mallach

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 5:30pm EDT

The Century Foundation & the Regional Plan Association
1 Whitehall Street
15th Floor
New York, NY 10014
United States

The Divided City: A Discussion with Alan Mallach

Join us for a conversation with Alan Mallach, author of The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America.

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Joseph Della Fave, Executive Director of Ironbound Community Corporation
Larisa Ortiz, Principal of Larisa Ortiz Associates and Commissioner of the New York City Planning Commission
Professor Laura Wolf-Powers of Hunter College's Department of Urban Policy and Planning


The factories may be gone, but millennials are flocking to affordable, once-industrial cities like Newark, Baltimore and Pittsburgh. But alongside their revival, these cities are turning into places of growing inequality, where small, glittering enclaves of prosperity are ringed by larger areas of decline, where millions are relegated to lives of poverty and hopelessness. Alan Mallach, a leading authority on economics and urban revitalization, shows how these cities have come to where they are today, why despite the success of small-scale efforts to build opportunity and inclusive prosperity, no city has yet been able to do so, and how cities can apply the lessons of successful efforts to become places of hope and opportunity.

Please register to join us for wine, cheese and conversation with Alan, Joseph Della Fave, Larisa Ortiz, and Laura Wolf-Powers.

The Divided City Book Event with Alan Mallach and Jake Blumgart

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 5:30pm EDT

Pipeline Philly
30 South 15th Street, 15th Floor
The Graham Building at Dilworth Park
Philadelphia, PA 19102
United States

Join PACDC and WHYY’s PlanPhilly for a conversation between Alan Mallach, the author of the new book The Divided City, and Jake Blumgart of PlanPhilly, on how cities like Philadelphia can and must chart a path forward toward inclusion and opportunity.

When? Tuesday, June 26th from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where? Pipeline Philly, The Graham Building at Dilworth Park, 30 South 15th Street, 15th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Tickets are available for free, but you must RSVP here in advance. 

In The Divided City, Mallach tells the real story of both the revival and the growing inequality in America’s older industrial cities, and examines whether, as they continue to grow, they can again become the places of hope and opportunity they once were.  Combining big-picture analysis and research with the nitty-gritty reality of these cities drawn from author’s years of working in and studying them, Alan Mallach—a leading authority on economics and urban revitalization—offers an essential contribution to our understanding of American cities like Philadelphia.

Mallach looks practically at how we can make inclusion and opportunity a reality, and makes concrete recommendations in The Divided City on topics ranging from job creation and education to affordable housing and improving the quality of life in high-poverty areas.

Copies of The Divided City will be available for purchase at the event from Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books, a locally owned, independent bookstore in Germantown. You can learn more about the book from Island Press.

Special thanks to Pipeline Philly.

About PlanPhilly: PlanPhilly is a project of WHYY News providing in-depth, original reporting on Philadelphia’s neighborhoods with a focus on urban design and planning, transportation, and development.  Listen to PlanPhilly’s stories on WHYY 90.9 FM in Philadelphia and read them online.

Carey Gillam at Left Bank Books

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 7:00pm CDT

Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave.
St Louis, MO 63108
United States

Left Bank Books welcomes veteran journalist Carey Gillam, who will sign and discuss her new book, Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science!

Fifty-five years after Rachel Carson and Silent Spring awakened the world to the dangers of DDT and unchecked pesticide use, a new story illustrates how deeply we have failed to heed her warning. In Whitewash, veteran journalist Carey Gillam lays bare disturbing details about the 40-year push to prominence of the world’s most popular pesticide: glyphosate, known commonly as Monsanto’s Roundup. The capstone of 20 years of meticulous reporting, Whitewash is an eerily familiar story of the dangerous consequences of putting corporate profits ahead of public safety, and Gillam is relentless in her search for truth—a champion for the health of our planet and ourselves, and a stalwart defender of the public’s right to know.

“Reads like a mystery novel..I am hopeful that Carey’s book will be a wake-up call for more transparency about the dangers surrounding many chemicals in the marketplace.” —Erin Brockovich

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Whitewash from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 

The Divided City | Island Press

Urban Revitalization for All — Island Press URP Webinar

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 1:15pm EDT

This is a tale of two (kinds of) cities. First, there are the fast-growing coastal megalopolises—including Washington, DC, Seattle, and San Francisco—where an influx of millennials has spurred new investment in housing, transit, parks and other amenities. In those cities, the much celebrated urban revitalization has come at a cost: it has displaced countless long-time residents—especially people of color and those of limited means—who can no longer afford their newly gentrified neighborhoods.

Second, there are cities across the American heartland—Detroit, St. Louis and Cleveland, for example—where many neighborhoods are still waiting for their chance at revival. In those cities, residents of blighted neighborhoods suffer from disinvestment and dysfunction, caught in a downward spiral of declining value, revenue and services.

This Island Press Urban Resilience Project webinar will explore strategies to create urban revitalization for all—on the gentrifying coasts and in the still-declining rustbelt. It will explore successful strategies to boost investment without displacing less affluent residents, spotlighting innovative strategies to preserve affordable housing, create jobs, and foster racial and income diversity.


Anthony A. Williams, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Federal City Council; Mayor, Washington, DC (1999-2007) [Moderator]

Alan Mallach, Senior Fellow, Center for Community Progress; author of The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America

Justin Garrett Moore, Executive Director, NYC Public Design Commission; Adjunct Professor, Columbia University; Co-Founder, Urban Patch; AICP Commissioner, APA

Vivian Satterfield, Deputy Director, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon

Building the Cycling City by Melissa Bruntlett & Chris Bruntlett | An Island Press book

Melissa and Chris Bruntlett - Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 6:00pm EDT

Politics and Prose
1270 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
United States

Melissa and Chris Bruntlett - Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
Click here for more information.