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The Geography of Inequality: Historical Mapping with Colin Gordon

Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 1:00 PM-2:30 PM

Lecture and Book Signing

Books available in the Missouri History Museum shop.

Author and Featured Speaker: Colin Gordon, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of History, University of Iowa; and author of, Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City

Colin Gordon, professor of history at the University of Iowa, uses historical mapping to explore the geography of inequality in 20th- and 21st-century St. Louis. His 2008 book, Mapping Decline, traces the complicity of private real estate restrictions, local planning and zoning and federal housing policies in the “white flight” of people and wealth from the central city. And it traces the inadequacy-and often sheer folly-of a generation of urban renewal, in which even programs and resources aimed at eradicating blight in the city ended up encouraging flight to the suburbs. The urban crisis, as this study of St. Louis makes clear, is not just a consequence of economic and demographic change; it is also the most profound political failure of our recent history. Mapping Decline is the first history of a modern American city to combine extensive local archival research with the latest geographic information system (GIS) digital mapping techniques. More than 75 full-color maps-rendered from census data, archival sources, case law, and local planning and property records-illustrate, in often stark and dramatic ways, the still-unfolding political history of our neglected cities.

An interactive selection of maps is available at http://mappingdecline.lib.uiowa.edu

To be held at: Missouri History Museum – Lee Auditorium

Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park

St. Louis, Missouri 63112

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome.

Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.

Economics Series – Class: The Great Divide co-sponsored by:


Saturday, January 29, 2011
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
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