My guest today grew up in Kansas City, where she had a front-row seat to the demographic shifts, the hope, and the turmoil of the civil rights era of the 1960s. She has a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Washington University in Saint Louis, where she developed a passion for how cities work, and don’t. She began her career as an urban planner and spent many years working for large consulting firms specializing in urban infrastructure. She now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their dog, Boris, who is the inspiration for the German Shepherd in East of Troost. Welcome to Authors Over 50, Ellen Barker.