Reconstructing Times Square: Politics and Culture in Urban Developmentby Alexander J. Reichl
"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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