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Official Website of Author of Red Hot City (and Professor)


Housing, Race, and Exclusion in
Twenty-First Century Atlanta
Available Now!

Also available at Bookshop, Amazon, etc.





Chapter 1. Building the Racially Segregated Southern Capital

Chapter 2. The Beltline as a Public-Private Gentrification Project

Chapter 3. Planning, Subsidy, and Housing Precarity in the Gentrifying City

Chapter 4. Subprimed Atlanta: Boom, Bust, and Uneven Recovery

Chapter 5. Diversity and Exclusion in the Suburbs


About Me

I am a Professor of Urban Studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where my research and teaching concerns housing justice and housing policy, race, real estate, segregation, gentrification, and community development. I have written five books, and more than 120 scholarly articles, book chapters, and research reports. I am on the boards of four scholarly journals and have consulted with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Justice, the Center for Community Progress, Atlanta Legal Aid, and other organizations. My work has been cited and I have been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Propublica, NPR, and other media, and I have testified several times before the U.S. Congress and the Federal Reserve Board.  I’ve been a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Community Progress in Washington, D.C.  I have two daughters and am married to Lilly Cheng Immergluck, an academic pediatrician at the Morehouse School of Medicine.

My full CV, which includes information on my other books and articles, can be found at my GSU faculty page, here:

About Me
Praise for Red Hot City

"In Red Hot City, Dan Immergluck shows us how the sausage is made—or rather, how a city is. This autopsy of Atlanta is many things at once: a study in urban inequality, an examination of how corporate and political elites shape our neighborhoods, a detailed blueprint of how cities become unaffordable, and an elegy for what could have been. This is an essential book for anyone who loves cities and seeks to make them more just and inclusive."—Matt Desmond, author of Evicted:  Poverty and Profit in the American City


"Dan Immergluck, a leading scholar of housing inequality in the United States, is a crucial interlocutor for understanding the new, emergent trends in housing exclusion driven by gentrification, displacement, suburbanization and changing economies. Immergluck shifts this familiar story from the nation’s largest cities, to one of the hottest housing markets in the country. Using metropolitan Atlanta as a canvass, Red Hot City paints a jarring picture of deepening housing precarity and crisis—even amidst ongoing economic boom. Rigorous, analytical, and urgent, Immergluck maps out the meaning of systemic housing inequality and provides the insights and intellect to fix the problems of which he so adroitly writes. If you want to understand the housing crisis that is gripping America, this is the book you must read. "--Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, author of Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership


Red Hot City is a rightly disquieting book about twenty-first century Atlanta, an economically and demographically scintillating US city-region with powerful magnetism for markets and migrants but deeply anchored racial and class inequalities. Written with vim and packed with sound analysis, it displays deep regard for the enduring potential of Atlanta—and all US cities—to be more than gullible marks for mindless growth and abettors of racial and class exclusion and injustices. It’s a powerful piece of urban political economy scholarship."—Michael Leo Owens, Professor, Department of Political Science, Emory University


"The scholarship and writing is excellent. Immergluck is a first-hand participant in many of the debates described in the book as well as an international expert on housing."  — Edward G. Goetz, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Minnesota


"Red Hot City is the most thorough assessment of the political economy of Atlanta’s urban and regional growth and development in over twenty years." — Larry Keating, Professor Emeritus, School of City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology


"Dan Immergluck’s Red Hot City skillfully captures the nuanced and historically embedded complexities concerning politics, race, urban development and divestment, racialized displacement and inequalities, growing ethnic diversity, unprecedented growth, and the evolution of creative entrepreneurship in the Atlanta region. Red Hot City also provides a clear picture of the linkages and the borderlines between Atlanta the city—one of the Nation’s most prominent Black Meccas—and its sprawling, increasingly diverse metropolitan area, ninth largest in the country and growing."  — Deirdre Oakley,  Professor of Sociology, Georgia State University

"Steeped in the promise of the American Dream—life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—Immergluck offers a glimpse of Atlanta’s reality with this shining example of scholarship as a solution to one of the city’s most glaring problems. He shifts the narrative of civil and human rights from the more highbrow discussions of Atlanta’s civil rights lore, bringing it down to the lived experiences through trends and tensions of home ownership, public housing, and/or the lack thereof." — Maurice J. Hobson, author of The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta

"Dan Immergluck forces the reader to look at the raw and painful history of racist land use practices and their effect on vulnerable people and places in Metro Atlanta. Under the guise of “Smart Growth” and “New Urbanism”, government, corporate and affluent interests have worked collectively to use fear, greed and public policy as covert weapons of mass inequity. As opposed to serving as a beacon on light for inclusive growth, Immergluck makes us accept the ugly truth. Instead, the history and current condition of Atlanta and its suburbs must be studied as a cautionary tale of what happens when a region becomes too busy to care about its most vulnerable residents. One question stayed with me after reading Red Hot City: What if? "  -- Nathaniel Smith, President, Partnership for Southern Equity

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