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“A valuable study of economic privilege and spatial exclusion in the shadow of the Twin Towers and the heart of America’s biggest city.” -Sharon Zukin,author of Naked City
“Smithsimon explores a basic truth: just as there is no community without politics, there is no democratic politics without a multiplicity of spaces in which people can engage each other in debate. This is an outstanding ethnography of the micro-politics of daily life.” -Robert Beauregard,author of When America Became Suburban
"Scientifically exacting and warmly personal, Smithsimon elucidates the residents’ struggles from survival to recovery, the coalescence of community groups, and the debates over redevelopment and the Ground Zero memorial. A well-illustrated, critical, yet sympathetic study of privilege and catastrophe that ultimately celebrates the vitality and diversity of a great city."-Booklist,
"A very successful academic micro-study of one community's response to our nation's greatest shock."
"What he’s really after in September 12, his account of the history of Battery Park City, is a broad analysis of residents’ political actions to defend their most unusual home...Much of Smithsimon’s account focuses on that gulf, both geographic and psychological, and the political mobilization of Battery Park City’s resident professionals to keep their neighborhood isolated from those who might wander in across forbidding West Street."
-Alyssa Katz,The Nation