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DERELICT PARADISE: HOMELESSNESS IN CLEVELAND Staff Pick

When: Thu., April 12, 7 p.m. 2012
Price: free and open to the public
Daniel Kerr, author of Derelict Paradise: Homelessness and Urban Development in Cleveland, Ohio will be at Mac's Backs Books on Coventry (1820 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights) on Thursday, April 12th at 7 p.m. Seeking answers to the question, "Who benefits from homelessness?" this book takes the reader on a sweeping tour of Cleveland's history from the late nineteenth-century through the early twenty-first. Daniel Kerr shows that homelessness has deep roots in the shifting ground of urban labor markets, social policy, downtown development, the criminal justice system, and corporate power. Rather than being attributable to the illnesses and inadequacies of the unhoused themselves, it is a product of both structural and political dynamics shaping the city. Detailed and well-researched, this book is not only an essential local social history but an important contribution to the literature of homelessness. Daniel Kerr teaches at American University in Washington D.C. and for many years was at James Madison University where he directed the Shenandoah Valley Oral History Project. This event is free and open to the public.

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