Loft Living: Culture and Capital in Urban Change / Edition 1

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This book exposes the meeting of art and real estate markets, the happy meeting between artists' demand for housing and city officials and homeowners who wanted to 'upgrade' their neighborhoods by private market means--and how those artists were used and abandoned by real estate developers and investors who were banking on rising property values.

"An outstanding example of the new interdisciplinary direction in the study of urban communities."--Contemporary Sociology

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Editorial Reviews


"An important, substantive study in urban sociology and political, free of academic cant."
Contemporary Sociology
"An outstanding example of the new interdisciplinary direction in the study of urban communities, combining political economy, sociology, and history. Loft Living is literate, evocative, [and] ambitious."
American Journal of Sociology

1.   "An impressive book. Zukin entered the tangled world of zoning law, development politics, and real estate markets, analyzed documents and conducted interviews until she understood that world and was able to make us understand it, and emerged with a persuasive analysis of what may be the fundamental model for urban change."

"An important, substantive study in urban sociology and political, free of academic cant."
author of The City and the Grassroots - Manuel Castells

"One of the most insightful analyses yet to be published on the recent processes of transformation of American cities...a most interesting exploration of the social roots of urban vitality as well as the new forms of spatial inequality."
New Statesman

"A formidable book."
Theory and Society

"An engrossing, enlightening, and elegantly written book."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813513898
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 2/19/1989
  • Series: Johns Hopkins Studies in Urban Affairs
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 249
  • Sales rank: 1,204,292
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

SHARON ZUKIN is professor of sociology at Brooklyn College and the City University of New York Graduate Center. 
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface: Reader, Beware! xiii
1. Living Lofts as Terrain and Market 1
2. Investment and Politics 23
3. The Creation of a "Loft Lifestyle" 58
4. Art in the Arms of Power 82
5. From Arts Production to Housing Market 111
6. Demand and Development in the Loft Market 126
7. Speculation and the State 149
8. Capital Shifts and the Cultural Avant-Garde in Urban America 173
Postscript to the Paperback Edition: More Market Forces 193
Notes 211
Index 227
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