Although the long-term impact of the ongoing pandemic upon cities remains uncertain, one reality remains constant: housing costs continue to tick upward in desirable urban areas. This raises the twin specters of gentrification and displacement. The causes and connections of these processes have been hotly discussed and debated over the past several decades in both academic and popular discourse.Continue reading
Greetings from Asbury Park
Asbury Park, New Jersey, a small, yet storied city alongside the Atlantic Ocean is one of my favorite places. People flock to it for the music, the food, and, of course, the beach. Over the past decade, my wife and I have built a tradition of visiting Asbury Park for an off-season vacation every spring or autumn.Continue reading
Although I’m deeply immersed in my biography on horror writer H.P. Lovecraft and his years in New York City, I’m finding time for smaller writing projects this winter. My desk is my favorite place at home.Continue reading
The Metropole: New Writing
The Metropole, the official blog of the Urban History Association, recently published a post by me. The blog features scholars and writers approaching urban history from a variety of disciplines and viewpoints.
My piece details how I first learned about the former 111 1st Street arts community in Jersey City, New Jersey and how I conducted research on the subject for my book, Left Bank of the Hudson. The story behind the story.
You read my full post here.