From Urban Village to East Village: The Battle for New York's Lower East Side / Edition 1

From Urban Village to East Village: The Battle for New York's Lower East Side / Edition 1

by Janet Abu-Lughod, Janet L. Abu-Lughod
     
 

ISBN-10: 1557865256

ISBN-13: 9781557865250

Pub. Date: 01/17/1995

Publisher: Wiley

This landmark study explores a new reality in today's inner cities - one that diverges radically from the dominant models of either the urban village, with its shared culture, or the disorganized zone of urban anomie.

Growing numbers of inner city neighbourhoods now contain populations drawn from a multiplicity of ethnicities, subcultures, and classes. These

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This landmark study explores a new reality in today's inner cities - one that diverges radically from the dominant models of either the urban village, with its shared culture, or the disorganized zone of urban anomie.

Growing numbers of inner city neighbourhoods now contain populations drawn from a multiplicity of ethnicities, subcultures, and classes. These groups may share physical space, but they pursue disparate ways of life and hold very different views of their neighbourhood's future. Such areas have become contested turf - arenas of heated political struggle.

Nowhere has this struggle been so complexly joined than in the East Village on New York's Lower East Side. For over two decades, established and new immigrants, community activists, hippies, squatters, yuppies, developers, drug dealers, artists, the homeless, and the police have been battling for control of the district and its central meeting ground, Tompkins Square Park.

Based on five years of research and participant observation, this book gives a vivid account of the contestants and their struggles in the battle for the Lower East Side. It is a battle which is likely to be replicated, perhaps less violently, in many other parts of urban America.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557865250
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/17/1995
Pages:
404
Product dimensions:
6.09(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.15(d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
A Note about the Contributors
Introduction1
1Welcome to the Neighborhood17
Pt. IThe Past Is Still There41
2The Changing Economy of the Lower East Side43
3The Tenement as a Built Form63
4A History of Tompkins Square Park81
5Deja Vu: Replanning the Lower East Side in the 1930s99
Pt. IIThe Process Of Gentrification121
6Neighborhood 'Burn-out': Puerto Ricans at the End of the Queue125
Appendix: The Other Side of the Coin: Culture in Loisaida141
7From Disinvestment to Reinvestment: Mapping the Urban 'Frontier' in the Lower East Side149
8The Process of Gentrification in Alphabet City169
9Public Action: New York City Policy and the Gentrification of the Lower East Side189
Pt. IIIContesting Community: The Issues And The Protagonists213
10A Resident's View of Conflict on Tompkins Square Park217
11The Battle for Tompkins Square Park233
12The Residents in Tompkins Square Park267
13The Squatters: A Chorus of Voices ... But Is Anyone Listening?285
14Defending the Cross-Subsidy Plan: The Tortoise Wins Again313
Conclusions And Implications335
Bibliography355
Index375

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