“Leslie Kern is a wonderful writer, and this compelling, important, and highly original intervention in the gentrification debates is a staggering tour de force. At once a devastating critique of the limitations of established perspectives on gentrification and a convincing plea for an intersectional approach, this book offers sparklingly clear analysis and numerous possibilities for political action. Anyone who reads it will never forget it.” Tom Slater, author of Shaking Up the City
“If you’ve ever really wanted to understand what gentrification means, this is the book for you. Kern gets beyond jargon, digs into scores of city stories that show how cities have transformed, and offers trajectories for positive change.” Shawn Micallef, author of Frontier City
Foreword Reviews: In her latest book, Leslie Kern deconstructs various myths about gentrification, revealing the harm that they cause—on top of gentrification itself.
Publishers Weekly: Kern lucidly explains modern feminist and urban theories and brings fresh insights and a measure of hope to a vexing social issue. Progressives will take heart.
The Guardian: It’s not all coffee shops and hipsters: what we get wrong about gentrification. (Opinion)
“Cities aren’t built to accommodate female bodies, female needs, female desires. In this rich, engaging book the feminist geographer Leslie Kern envisions how we might transform the ‘city of men’ into a city for everyone. Let’s all move there immediately.” Lauren Elkin, author of Flaneuse
“Feminist City is brilliant because of the ways it lays out, quite clearly, the fact that cities are designed to discriminate in both overt and hidden ways and that it’s possible to imagine something new—something that is more inclusive of different bodies and experiences.” Evette Dionne, former editor in chief of Bitch
Hazlitt: ‘The Promises of Pleasure, Freedom, Excitement, Opportunity, and Encounter’: An Interview with Leslie Kern
Bitch: Woman-Made World: Inside the Inevitable Rise of the Feminist City
Public Books: What Would a Feminist City Look Like? Talking with Leslie Kern
Vox Highlight: Is it Time to Build Feminist Cities?
CityLab: How to Rebuild Cities for Caregiving
Refinery29: As Women, The Cities We Live In Aren’t Built For Us
essays and op-eds
How the 9-5 city failed women. Early Magazine, October 8, 2021
Safety and the city: Why women have never relied on the police for protection. Literary Hub, September 27, 2021
Care is the foundation. In Reclaiming the Right to the City, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, September 15, 2021
‘Upward-thrusting buildings ejaculating into the sky’ – do cities have to be so sexist? The Guardian, July 6, 2020
Care-full planning. Plan Canada, Spring 2021
Building feminist cities. Women Across Frontiers, July 2021
How our cities fail women. Reuters, July 13, 2020
Care work in the time of COVID-19. Verso, May 19, 2020
Love in the feminist city. Verso, February 12, 2020
“This original study of the gendering processes occurring in the neoliberal city is a significant addition to scholarly debate on cities and gender. Empirically grounded in the intricacies of the condo market in Toronto, it both adds to, and updates, the pathbreaking work around gendered critical urban analysis. An accessible and incisive text that will no doubt instigate future discussions.” Loretta Lees, Cities Group, Department of Geography, King’s College, London
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