William H. Simon is Saunders Professor of Law at Stanford University. He is the author of The Practice of Justice: A Theory of Lawyers’ Ethics.
Michael Crutcher argues that Tremé’s story is essentially spatial—a story of how neighborhood boundaries are drawn and take on meaning and of how places within neighborhoods are made and unmade by people and politics. Tremé has long been sealed off from more prominent parts of the city, originally by the fortified walls that gave Rampart Street its name, and so has become a refuge for less powerful New Orleanians. This notion of Tremé as a safe haven—the flipside of its reputation as a “neglected” place—has been essential to its role as a cultural incubator, Crutcher argues, from the antebellum slave dances in Congo Square to jazz pickup sessions at Joe’s Cozy Corner.
Tremé takes up a wide range of issues in urban life, including highway construction, gentrification, and the role of public architecture in sustaining collective memory. Equally sensitive both to black-white relations and to differences within the African American community, it is a vivid evocation of one of America’s most distinctive places.
In Over His Dead Body, Marks is called as an expert witness in the murder trial of a Philadelphia malpractice lawyer. This seems simple enough, but in such a high-profile murder, nothing is as it seems. Soon, Marks finds himself running from international terrorists as he struggles to figure out what really happened to the unfortunate attorney.
A C Change follows Marks and his wife, Ruth, as they take off on what should be a romantic Mediterranean cruise. In the process, Marks discovers he must stop the murder of a Bulgarian medical colleague who has invented a product worth millions. With the help of secret service and FBI agents, he might make it out with his life and be back to the cruise ship in time for dinner.
With detailed maps of conditions in each metropolitan region, comprehensive data on existing conditions and voter attitudes, and bold, innovative strategies for change, American Metropolitics is an important book for anyone concerned with the future of our cities and suburbs.