After the World Trade Center: Rethinking New York City / Edition 1

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The terrorist attacks of September 11 have created an unprecedented public discussion about the uses and meanings of the central area of lower Manhattan that was once the World Trade Center. While the city sifts through the debris, contrary forces shaping its future are at work. Developers jockey to control the right to rebuild "ground zero." Financial firms line up for sweetheart deals while proposals for memorials are gaining in appeal. In After the World Trade Center, eminent social critics Sharon Zukin and Michael Sorkin call on New York's most acclaimed urbanists to consider the impact of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and what it bodes for the future of New York. Contributors take a close look at the reaction to the attack from a variety of New York communities and discuss possible effects on public life in the city.

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Beginning as a local tragedy, the attack on the World Trade Center towers quickly assumed both national and international import. This collection of essays, edited by social critics Sorkin (editor, The Next Jerusalem) and Zukin (Landscapes of Power), seeks to revisit the tragedy as a local event and consider September 11 in light of New York's urban history. The essays, by the editors and 17 urbanists, examine how the towers came to be built and the neighborhoods that had to be destroyed to make way for this paean to international commerce. They also examine the chilling parallels between this attack and the Wall Street bombing of 1920, as well as the violation of the building codes that took place during construction of the towers. Throughout, there is deep concern for what the towers' construction and demolition and likely plans for reconstruction have to say about democracy in the nation's financial capital. Collectively, all the contributors (e.g., Marshall Berman, Beverly Gage, Edwin G. Burrows) call for a more democratic New York, one where the voices of all the people can be heard, not just the economically and politically powerful. Recommended for academic and larger public library collections in urban studies and New York history. Christopher Brennan, SUNY at Brockport Lib. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415934794
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: Cultural Spaces Series , #2
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Sorkin is principal of the Michael Sorkin Studio and director of the graduate urban design program at New York's City College. He is the author of Other Plans (2002), The Next Jerusalem (2002), Some Assembly Required (2001), Giving Ground (co-edited with Joan Copjec, 1999), Wiggle (1998), Exquisite Corpse (1994), Local Code (1993), and Variations on a Theme Park (edited, 1991). He also contributes to the New York Times Magazine, among other publications. Sharon Zukin is Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and Broeklundian Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College. She is the author of The Cultures of Cities (1995), Landscapes of Power (winner of the C. Wright Mills Award, 1991), Structures of Capital (co-edited with Paul DiMaggio, 1990), and Loft Living (1982).

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 When Bad Buildings Happen to Good People 1
2 Our World Trade Center 13
3 Manhattan at War 23
4 Whose Downtown?!? 33
5 The First Wall Street Bomb 45
6 Cracks in the Edifice of the Empire State 57
7 Insecurity by Design 69
8 The Janus Face of Architectural Terrorism: Minoru Yamasaki, Mohammed Atta, and Our World Trade Center 87
9 Scales in Terror: The Manufacturing of Nationalism and the War for U.S. Globalism 97
10 Meditations on a Wounded Skyline and Its Stratigraphies of Pain 109
11 The Odor of Publicity 121
12 Letter to a G-Man 131
13 From Jackson Heights to Nuestra America: 9/11 and Latino New York 143
14 What Kind of Planning After September 11? The Market, the Stakeholders, Consensus - or ...? 153
15 Spaces of Reflection, Recovery, and Resistance: Reimagining the Postindustrial Plaza 163
16 A Time for Transportation Strategy 173
17 Enduring Innocence 189
18 The Center Cannot Hold 197
19 New York, New Deal 209
About the Contributors 225
Index 231
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