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Battery Park City: Politics and Planning on the New York Waterfront
     

Battery Park City: Politics and Planning on the New York Waterfront

by David L. A. Gordon
 

Battery Park City in Manhattan has been hailed as a triumph of urban design, and is considered to be one of the success stories of American urban redevelopment planning. The flood of praise for its design, however, can obscure the many lessons from the long struggle to develop the project. Nothing was built on the site for more than a decade after the first master

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Battery Park City in Manhattan has been hailed as a triumph of urban design, and is considered to be one of the success stories of American urban redevelopment planning. The flood of praise for its design, however, can obscure the many lessons from the long struggle to develop the project. Nothing was built on the site for more than a decade after the first master plan was approved, and the redevelopment agency flirted with bankruptcy in 1979.
Taking a practice-oriented approach, the book examines the role of planning and development agencies in implementing urban waterfront redevelopment. It focuses upon the experience of the central actor - the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) - and includes personal interviews with executives of the BPCA, former New York mayors John Lindsay and Ed Koch, key public officials, planners, and developers. Describing the political, financial, planning, and implementation issues faced by public agencies and private developers from 1962 to 1993, it is both a case study and history of one of the most ambitious examples of urban waterfront redevelopment.

Editorial Reviews

Journal
Gordon argues that Battery Park City is a remarkably successful urban development project, and that its implemented plan, prepared largely by Cooper Eckstut Associates, was an admiral combination of postmodern and new urbanist development.
Mitchell L. Moss
Superbly designed for economic development professionals [and] urban design and planning firms.
Booknews
A case study of a success story of American urban redevelopment planning, focusing on the experience of the Battery Park City Authority. Examines the role of planning and development agencies in implementing urban waterfront redevelopment at Battery Park City, New York, and describes the political, financial, planning, and implementation issues faced by public agencies and private developers from 1962 to 1993. Includes b&w photos, a chronology, and fold-out tables of financial statistics. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789056995584
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/01/1997
Series:
Cities and Regions Series
Pages:
145
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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