The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America

The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018
Location: Starr Auditorium, Harvard Kennedy School

Speaker(s): Alan Mallach

6:30 pm, Harvard Kennedy School
Belfer Building, 2nd Floor, Starr Auditorium
(corner of JFK and Eliot Street, Cambridge, MA)

Who really benefits from urban revival? While older cities like Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Cleveland have grown and changed dramatically in the last two decades, these places continue to be home to thousands of poor people who are not reaping the benefits of this growth. In the midst of sustained revival, poverty and neighborhood decline are spreading rather than decreasing. At this event, Alan Mallach, a noted urban practitioner and scholar, will discuss his new book, The Divided City, which vividly describes what is going on in older industrial cities and offers strategies for fostering greater equality and opportunity. After Mallach’s remarks, Daniel Rivera, the mayor of Lawrence, Massachusetts, and Toni Griffin, a scholar and practitioner who has worked on urban transformation in a host of cities including Detroit and Newark, New Jersey, will join Mallach in a wide-ranging discussion on the past, present, and future of older industrial cities.


  • Alan Mallach, Senior Fellow, Center for Community Progress and author, The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America, a book recently published by Island Press


  • The Honorable Daniel Rivera, Mayor of Lawrence, MA
  • Toni Griffin, Professor in the Practice of Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design and founder, Urban Planning and the Design for the American City 
  • Jessie Grogan, Senior Policy Analyst, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
  • Christopher Herbert, Managing Director, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (moderator)


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