Reconstructing Times Square: Politics and Culture in Urban Development / Edition 1

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"This is a brilliant study of how cultural politics and economic greed combined in both words and deeds to transform the physical and social environment of New York City's Times Square. Reichl vividly recounts how the city's business and arts communities formed a novel progrowth coalition under the banner of historic preservation to promote the massive redevelopment of the Times Square/42nd Street district. His insights into the motivations and mechanics that drive such coalitions are powerful, penetrating, and subtle. An important and original contribution to urban political theory."—Richard DeLeon, author of Left Coast City: Progressive Politics in San Francisco, 1975-1991

"Exceptionally well written and a fine contribution to the literature."—Susan Fainstein, author of The City Builder

Author Biography: Alexander J. Reichl is an assistant professor of political science at Loyola University New Orleans. He studied New York's urban problems firsthand while working for its Department of Housing Preservation and Development from 1987 to 1993.

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Using New York City's Times Square in the late 1990s, Reichl (political science, Loyola Univ.) provides insight into the economic, political, and social forces involved in city planning. He finds that Time Square's "reconstruction" has resulted from a collaborative effort of business, government, and community spawned by municipal actions dating back to 1967, during the era of John Lindsay. However, it was not until the administration of Mayor Ed Koch, when political allies and foes joined forces (citing historical preservation and the attraction of the area's being part of the theater district) that the movement to return Times Square to its great past while giving it a clean, modern infrastructure gained strength. This urban revitalization was unique in that corporate sponsors were able to convince the populace that restoring the grandeur of the good old days was the best urban renewal of all. Reichl presents many sociologists' viewpoints in a way that is readable and cogent. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.--Kevin Whalen, Somerset Cty. Lib., Bridgewater, NJ Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700609505
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Series: Studies in Government and Public Policy
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Times Square as Text 5
2 From Urban Renewal to Historic Preservation 21
3 Times Square Discourse: From the Great White Way to the Dangerous Deuce 43
4 Planning the Revaluation of Times Square 77
5 Public Voices and Pro-Growth Politics 115
6 Fin-de-Siecle Forty-second Street: Disneyspace for the Twenty-first Century 143
7 Learning from Forty-second Street 163
App. A Chronology of Redevelopment Events 183
App. B Organizations Involved in Redevelopment
Notes 187
Bibliography 215
Index 225
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