Samuel Stein

From New York City, where his writing on urban politics have been published in Jacobin, Metropolitics, The Journal of Urban Affairs, and other publications, Samuel Stein is here with a book very germane to Seattle now, Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State (Verso).

“Samuel Stein’s lucid explanation for how we got to where we’re at shines urgent light on the origins and development of what he incisively calls the Real Estate State. Capital City places gentrification in a structurally extensive and intensive urban geography of dispossession. All who struggle for the right to the city should read this book, and realize afresh how capitalism saving capitalism from capitalism must provoke our political imagination.”– Ruth Wilson Gilmore.

“Want to know why the rent’s so high? Samuel Stein meticulously documents and analyzes the rise of the rip-off ‘real estate state’, the instruments of its power, the invidious ‘plansplaining’ arguments of its defenders, and, above all, its accelerating ethnic and class cleansing of American cities, gentrification-frenzied New York in the vanguard. This superbly succinct and incisive book couldn’t be more timely or urgent.”– Michael Sorkin.

This event is part of Red May, a month-long festival of radical art and thought. Our motto is: take a vacation from capitalism.


Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State (Jacobin) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781786636393
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Verso - March 12th, 2019

Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 7:00pm
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
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