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Derick

Derick

I've always been interested in urban life, why people live where they do, why do they live in houses or in high rises. I didn't know anything about Urban Planning or Architecture as a kid but I use to study maps and ride the bus and train from end to end around Chicago. I originally wanted to be a sportscaster and I worked at a couple radio stations but then I picked up "There's Goes the Neighborhood" between shifts at a library near my job. My mind was blown!, it gave proper words for so many experiences I had growing up in the city and seeing neighborhoods change, people move out and in. Within months from reading this book I had changed careers and colleges, now I work with people and their housing issues every day. In the last 7 years I've read so many books, articles, and blogs on the issue of gentrification, redevelopment, and city life but I will always remember reading "There's Goes the Neighborhood" by Wilson and Taub.

derick