Book review: Global Cities – Urban Environments in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and China

This review was first published in China Dialogue on July 12, 2017 by Francesca Perry. At first glance, Robert Gottlieb and Simon Ng’s meaty overview of the environmental challenges of urban growth in Los Angeles (LA), Hong Kong and China does not seem to offer us a wealth of new information. The academic and consultant … More Book review: Global Cities – Urban Environments in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and China

Privatizing the city — in San Francisco and urban China

This article was first published in the San Francisco Chronicle on June 20th by Robert Gottlieb and Simon Ng Photo: Justin Chin, Bloomberg Are there lessons from China’s extraordinary urban transformation and rapid-fire expansion for the Bay Area, and, specifically, for San Francisco? After all, San Francisco has long prided itself as a city of … More Privatizing the city — in San Francisco and urban China

Race, Class, and the L.A. Bike Movement at the Crossroads

This article that appeared in Capital and Main on June 9, 2017, written by Robert Gottlieb, traces the debates about the bike movement’s need to develop a more inclusive approach. On June 15, 2003, before Los Angeles had its CicLAvia events, several thousand bikers and pedestrians descended upon the Pasadena Freeway for a bike and … More Race, Class, and the L.A. Bike Movement at the Crossroads

China and the United States: Reversing Roles on Climate Change?

This article was originally published in Dissent Magazine on May 25, 2017 by Robert Gottlieb and Simon Ng Donald Trump meets with Chinese president Xi Jinping, April 7 (Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead) Although it is easy to forget amid the ever-escalating scandals facing Donald Trump, his presidency represents an unparalleled setback for … More China and the United States: Reversing Roles on Climate Change?

China’s Changing Food System: Its Urban Dimensions and Its Discontents

The following talk was given by Robert Gottlieb on 3/30/17 for The Wellington K.K. Chan Distinguished Visitor in Residence Program in Chinese Studies at Occidental College China’s turn to marketization, globalization, and urban development during the past three decades has brought about major changes in its food system. This includes how and where food is … More China’s Changing Food System: Its Urban Dimensions and Its Discontents

A Transformative Moment: Taking the Train to the Women’s March

This post was first published on Capital & Main on January 31, 2017 The women’s march on Saturday, January 21 was extraordinary in many ways, but for Los Angeles it might also have been a transformative moment. The turnout in Los Angeles was as much as ten times the size of the most optimistic estimates in … More A Transformative Moment: Taking the Train to the Women’s March