Cities around the world have seen: an increase in population and capital investments in land and building; a shift in central city populations as the poor are forced out; and a radical restructuring of urban space.

The Unequal City tells the story of urban change and acts as a comprehensive guide to the Urban Now. A number of trends are examined, including: the role of liquid capital; the resurgence of population; the construction of megaprojects and hosting of global megaevents; the role of the new rich; and the emergence of a new middle class. This book explores the reasons behind the displacement of the poor to the suburbs and beyond. Drawing upon case studies from around the world, readers are exposed to an examination of the urban projects that involve the reuse of older industrial spaces, the greening of the cities, and the securitization of the public spaces.

This book draws on political economy, cultural and political analysis, and urban geography approaches in order to consider the multifaceted nature of the process and its global unfolding. It will be essential reading to those interested in urban studies, economic geography, urban economics, urban sociology, urban planning and globalization.

chapter 1

Cities of the urban now

chapter 2|22 pages


chapter 3|17 pages

Capital and the unequal city

chapter 5|27 pages

New people, new cities

chapter 6|16 pages

Revalorizing space and time

chapter 7|16 pages

Big urbanism

chapter 8|14 pages

Marketing the city

chapter 9|23 pages

New urban ecologies

chapter 10|18 pages

Imaginaries of the urban future