Samuel Stein, a geography doctoral candidate at the City University of New York Graduate Center, will present at the November 15 Center for Urban Research and Education (CURE) Seminar. Mr. Stein will present “Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State.”

This free event will take place at 12:15 p.m. in the Armitage Hall Faculty Lounge. Lunch will be provided. All are welcome. 


Our cities are changing. Around the world, more and more money is being invested in buildings and land. Real estate is now a $217 trillion dollar industry, worth thirty-six times the value of all the gold ever mined. It forms sixty percent of global assets, and one of the most powerful people in the world—the president of the United States—made his name as a landlord and developer. In his book Capital City, Samuel Stein shows that this explosive transformation of urban life and politics has been driven not only by the tastes of wealthy newcomers, but by the state-led process of urban planning. Planning agencies provide a unique window into the ways the state uses and is used by capital, and the means by which urban renovations are translated into rising real estate values and rising rents. Capital City explains the role of planners in the real estate state, as well as the remarkable power of planning to reclaim urban life. In this talk, Stein will summarize the main arguments in his book, and lead a discussion about the ways planners and activists alike can chart an alternative pathway forward.