Critical Review / Argumentative Essay
Essay One (2 pages): Critical Review/Argumentative Essay on “Place Matters: Metropolitics for the Twenty-First Century, Third Edition” by Peter Dreier, John Mollenkopf and Todd Swanstrom. Use only this one source/reference for this first critical review/essay.
Essay Two (2 pages): Critical Review/Argumentative Essay on “Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places” by Sharon Zukin. Use only this one source/reference for this second critical review/essay.
Essay Three (5 pages): Professor’s Instructions:
Argumentative Essay: in which you foreground and defend your own thesis statement. A good argumentative essay acknowledges and responds to the best counter-thesis available:
One of the issues we have explored during the semester is the increasing economic spatial segregation that characterizes many US urban areas. Given our course readings, class discussions and films, what do you think are the specific causes of this phenomenon? Why? Who do you think is responsible? In your essay, you must make reference to the arguments presented in “Place Matters: Metropolitics for the Twenty-First Century, Third Edition” and “Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places”; with less focus on the arguments in Saskia Sassen, “The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo, Second Edition” and John Logan and Harvey Molotch “Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place (20th Anniversary Edition) Must reference/source all four books in this 3rd 5 page essay. This third essay focuses on Place Matters and Naked City with less on The Global City and Urban Fortunes but they still have to be in the essay.