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Imagining Seattle Profiled by The Maxwell School of Syracuse University

A new book by Serin Houston ’11 PhD (Geog) uses Seattle as a case study, delving into some of the most pressing and compelling aspects of contemporary urban governance in the United States. The book, Imagining Seattle: Social Values in Urban Governance, was published in May by the University of Nebraska Press as part of its “Our Sustainable Future” series.

In the book, Houston, a faculty member at Mount Holyoke College, examines how the city government of Seattle works to translate the social values of social justice, sustainability, and creativity into tangible policies and governance practices. The book reveals how policies aimed at burnishing Seattle’s liberal reputation often unfold in ways that disadvantage communities of color and the poor, thus complicating the city’s claims to progressive politics.

Read more at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University

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