In “Not in my Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City,” former Sun reporter and editor Antero Pietila focuses in on one facet of Baltimore’s history: namely, how housing patterns have evolved in Baltimore City along racial and religious lines over the last hundred years. With a journalist’s eye for detail, Pietila describes many colorful characters involved in the real estate scene, including politicians, civic leaders, bureaucrats, homeowners, developers and agents. For local activists, the book provides food for thought about an issue that strikes close to home, if you will forgive the pun.
“South of the Border” starts with a look at Venezuela in the late 20th century, a time when its political leaders acted to implement neoliberal policies in concert with the International Monetary Fund, or IMF. In the early 1990s, tens of thousands of Venezuelans rioted as food and basic services became less and less affordable under these same policies. The army was called in, and there were massacres of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people.