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If you live in a city and every year, more and more Americans do you ve seen firsthand how gentrification has transformed our surroundings, altering the way cities look, feel, cost, and even smell.

Over the last few years, journalists, policymakers, critics, and historians have all tried to explain just what it is that happens when new money and new residents flow into established neighborhoods, yet we ve had very little access to the human side of the gentrification phenomenon. The Edge Becomes the Center captures the stories of the many kinds of people brokers, buyers, sellers, renters, landlords, artists, contractors, politicians, and everyone in between who are shaping and being shaped by the new New York City.

In this extraordinary oral history, DW Gibson takes gentrification out of the op-ed columns and textbooks and brings it to life, showing us what urban change looks and feels like by exposing us to the voices of the people living through it. Drawing on the plainspoken, casually authoritative tradition of Jane Jacobs and Studs Terkel, The Edge Becomes the Center is an inviting and essential portrait of the way we live now.

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"A book with fascinating range and a fresh perspective [that shows] how powerful the genre of oral history can be." --"San Francisco Chronicle "

"Wrenching . . . Wide-ranging . . . This book is so important." --"New York Daily News "

"A powerful and heart-wrenching story that is unfortunately replicated far too many times by far too many people" --Ken Burns

Praise for "Not Working: "
"A book with fascinating range and a fresh perspective [that shows] how powerful the genre of oral history can be." --"San Francisco Chronicle "
"Wrenching . . . Wide-ranging . . . This book is so important." --"New York Daily News "
"A powerful and heart-wrenching story that is unfortunately replicated far too many times by far too many people" --Ken Burns



Agenerous, vigorous, and enlightening look at class and space in New York; it ought to be required reading...Gibson has found vibrant humanity in a subject that is, paradoxically, lacking in it...The Edge Becomes the Centerraises critical questions about what we expect from our cities and how groups become communities. Mainly, though, it s a joy to read, its chorus of voices a reminder of oral history s power.Anyone who cares about the shape and gestalt of life in New York and anyone who believes in cities as centers of culture will come away moved. "

"A generous, vigorous, and enlightening look at class and space in New York; it ought to be required reading...Gibson has found vibrant humanity in a subject that is, paradoxically, lacking in it..."The Edge Becomes the Center" raises critical questions about what we expect from our cities and how groups become communities. Mainly, though, it's a joy to read, its chorus of voices a reminder of oral history's power. Anyone who cares about the shape and gestalt of life in New York--and anyone who believes in cities as centers of culture--will come away moved." --"The Paris Review"
"Impressive and multifaceted oral history...Central to this work are the distinctive voices of the New Yorkers Gibson interviews, the niches they carve out for themselves, and the myriad ways they are molding, and being molded, by their neighborhoods. Gibson manages to capture a global city in flux, in grave danger of losing its diversity--and hence all that makes it special--with its focus on capital investment over the needs of its people." --"Publishers Weekly" (Starred Review)
"Throughout, the wise women and the cool guys with significant street cred are verbose, articulate, and self-confident. They are, after all, New Yorkers. Gibson, their interlocutor, is unquestionably passionate...sociology about current urban life, with the edgy, pungent flavor of the Big Apple." --"Kirkus"
"Whatever I thought of New York gentrification before reading THE EDGE BECOMES THE CENTER, it's all up in the air now, dispersed into the dazzling, extremely intelligent, funny, expert multifarious speech of the people DW Gibson interviewed for this amazing book. Reading it has transformed my understanding of the urban experience generally, humanizing and explaining, brilliantly, what before had seemed intimidating, abstract, even monstrous. A piece of masterful human scale architecture in itself, "THE EDGE BECOMES THE CENTER f"eels like 'a new part of New York, ' a vital new center of the city's perpetual conversation with itself and the world." --Francisco Goldman, author of "The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle
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"This might be the most important city book of the year, essential reading for anyone who cares about New York, or life in the metropolis anywhere. Gibson has managed to get a diverse group of New Yorkers to open up their hearts and minds about gentrification, the defining civic issue of our time. I raced through the book, traveling with Gibson as he surfs from story to story in the great, imperiled city. A riveting, timely portrait of the greatest, richest, unfairest city in the world." --Suketu Mehta, author of "Maximum City"
"As, building by building, the 'undiscovered' neighborhoods of New York City are assimilated into the portfolios of hedge funds and the beneficiaries of inequality, DW Gibson captures precarious voices that might otherwise go unheard forever. This is an indispensable, enthralling work of social history."--Joseph O'Neill, author of "The Dog "and "Netherland"
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"21st century New York, which Bill de Blasio decried as "A Tale of Two Cities, " has yet to reveal its Dickens. But with "THE EDGE BECOMES THE CENTER, " DW Gibson makes a strong claim to being its Studs Terkel. A riveting exploration of gentrification and its discontents, as told by a refreshingly panoramic chorus of voices."--Mark Binelli, author of "Detroit City Is the Place to Be"
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"Agenerous, vigorous, and enlightening look at class and space in New York; it ought to be required reading...Gibson has found vibrant humanity in a subject that is, paradoxically, lacking in it..."The Edge Becomes the Center"raises critical questions about what we expect from our cities and how groups become communities. Mainly, though, it s a joy to read, its chorus of voices a reminder of oral history s power.Anyone who cares about the shape and gestalt of life in New York and anyone who believes in cities as centers of culture will come away moved." "The Paris Review"
"Impressive and multifaceted oral history...Central to this work are the distinctive voices of the New Yorkers Gibson interviews, the niches they carve out for themselves, and the myriad ways they are molding, and being molded, by their neighborhoods. Gibson manages to capture a global city in flux, in grave danger of losing its diversity and hence all that makes it special with its focus on capital investment over the needs of its people." "Publishers Weekly" (Starred Review)
"Throughout, the wise women and the cool guys with significant street cred are verbose, articulate, and self-confident. They are, after all, New Yorkers. Gibson, their interlocutor, is unquestionably passionate...sociology about current urban life, with the edgy, pungent flavor of the Big Apple." "Kirkus"
Whatever I thought of New York gentrification before readingTHE EDGE BECOMES THE CENTER, it s all up in the air now, dispersed into the dazzling, extremely intelligent, funny, expert multifarious speech of the people DW Gibson interviewed for this amazing book. Reading it has transformed my understanding of the urban experience generally, humanizing and explaining, brilliantly, what before had seemed intimidating, abstract, even monstrous. A piece of masterful human scale architecture in itself, "THE EDGE BECOMES THE CENTERf"eels like a new part of New York, a vital new center of the city s perpetual conversation with itself and the world. Francisco Goldman, author of"The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle
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This might be the most important city book of the year, essential reading for anyone who cares about New York, or life in the metropolis anywhere. Gibson has managed to get a diverse group of New Yorkers to open up their hearts and minds about gentrification, the defining civic issue of our time. I raced through the book, traveling with Gibson as he surfs from story to story in the great, imperiled city. A riveting, timely portrait of the greatest, richest, unfairest city in the world. Suketu Mehta, author of"Maximum City"
As, building by building, the undiscovered neighborhoods of New York City are assimilated into the portfolios of hedge funds and the beneficiaries of inequality, DW Gibson captures precariousvoices that might otherwise go unheard forever. This is an indispensable, enthralling work of social history." Joseph O Neill, author of"The Dog"and"Netherland"
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21st century New York, which Bill de Blasio decried as"A Tale of Two Cities, "has yet to reveal its Dickens.But with"THE EDGE BECOMES THE CENTER, "DW Gibson makes a strong claim to being its Studs Terkel. A riveting exploration of gentrification and its discontents, as told by a refreshingly panoramic chorus of voices. Mark Binelli, author of"Detroit City Is the Place to Be"
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A noisy, tender tour of New York much in the mode of Studs Terkel...Mr. Gibson is a skilled and sensitive interlocutor with an eye for the revealing gesture...Mr. Gibson lets the city speak for itself, and it speaks with charm, swagger and heartening resilience.

Whatever I thought of New York gentrification before reading THE EDGE BECOMES THE CENTER, it s all up in the air now, dispersed into the dazzling, extremely intelligent, funny, expert multifarious speech of the people DW Gibson interviewed for this amazing book. Reading it has transformed my understanding of the urban experience generally, humanizing and explaining, brilliantly, what before had seemed intimidating, abstract, even monstrous. A piece of masterful human scale architecture in itself, THE EDGE BECOMES THE CENTER feels like a new part of New York, a vital new center of the city s perpetual conversation with itself and the world.--Francisco Goldman, author of The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle"

This might be the most important city book of the year, essential reading for anyone who cares about New York, or life in the metropolis anywhere. Gibson has managed to get a diverse group of New Yorkers to open up their hearts and minds about gentrification, the defining civic issue of our time. I raced through the book, traveling with Gibson as he surfs from story to story in the great, imperiled city. A riveting, timely portrait of the greatest, richest, unfairest city in the world.--Suketu Mehta, author of Maximum City

As, building by building, the undiscovered neighborhoods of New York City are assimilated into the portfolios of hedge funds and the beneficiaries of inequality, DW Gibson captures precarious voices that might otherwise go unheard forever. This is an indispensable, enthralling work of social history.--Joseph O Neill, author of The Dog and Netherland"

21st century New York, which Bill de Blasio decried as A Tale of Two Cities, has yet to reveal its Dickens. But with THE EDGE BECOMES THE CENTER, DW Gibson makes a strong claim to being its Studs Terkel. A riveting exploration of gentrification and its discontents, as told by a refreshingly panoramic chorus of voices.--Mark Binelli, author of Detroit City Is the Place to Be

A generous, vigorous, and enlightening look at class and space in New York; it ought to be required reading...Gibson has found vibrant humanity in a subject that is, paradoxically, lacking in it...The Edge Becomes the Center raises critical questions about what we expect from our cities and how groups become communities. Mainly, though, it s a joy to read, its chorus of voices a reminder of oral history s power. Anyone who cares about the shape and gestalt of life in New York and anyone who believes in cities as centers of culture will come away moved."

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