Book Talk: The Fight to Save the Town w/ Stanford's  Michelle W. Anderson

Book Talk: The Fight to Save the Town w/ Stanford's Michelle W. Anderson

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Join us for a vital conversation about the future of cities left behind by the modern economy like Detroit and Stockton feat Michelle Wilde.

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How can local officials help build up their communities with a long history of poverty?

How has the tech boom affected our country's industrial powerhouse cities?

Have tax cuts exacerbated income equality?

How is wealth inequality trickling down to smaller cities?

Manny's is honored to welcome Stanford professor Michelle Wilde Anderson to our space to discuss her new book, The Fight to Save the Town.

Wilde Anderson presents a sweeping and authoritative study of wealth inequality and the dismantling of local government in four working-class cities across the US & passionately argues for reinvestment in people-centered leadership.

Decades of cuts to local government amidst rising concentrations of poverty have wreaked havoc on communities left behind by the modern economy. Some of these discarded places are rural. Others are big cities, small cities, or historic suburbs. Some vote blue, others red. Some are the most diverse communities in America, while others are nearly all white, all Latino, or all Black. All are routinely trashed by outsiders for their poverty and their politics. Mostly, their governments are just broke. Forty years after the anti-tax revolution began protecting wealthy taxpayers and their cities, our high-poverty cities and counties have run out of services to cut, properties to sell, bills to defer, and risky loans to take.

About the Speaker:

About Michelle Wilde Anderson:

Michelle Wilde Anderson is a professor of property, local government, and environmental justice at Stanford Law School. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Yale Law Journal, and other publications.

About The Fight to Save the Town:

In The Fight to Save the Town, urban law expert and author Michelle Wilde Anderson offers unsparing, humanistic portraits of the hardships left behind in four such places. But this book is not a eulogy or a lament. Instead, Anderson travels to four blue-collar communities that are poor, broke, and progressing. Networks of leaders and residents in these places are facing down some of the hardest challenges in American poverty today. In Stockton, California, locals are finding ways, beyond the police department, to reduce gun violence and treat the trauma it leaves behind. In Josephine County, Oregon, community leaders have enacted new taxes to support basic services in a rural area with fiercely anti-government politics. In Lawrence, Massachusetts, leaders are figuring out how to improve job security and wages in an era of backbreaking poverty for the working class. And a social movement in Detroit, Michigan is pioneering ways to stabilize low-income housing after a wave of foreclosures and housing loss.

Our smallest governments shape people’s safety, comfort, and life chances. For decades, these governments have no longer just reflected inequality—they have helped drive it. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Anderson argues that a new generation of local leaders are figuring out how to turn poverty traps back into gateway cities.

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