Times Square Roulette: Remaking the City Icon

Times Square Roulette: Remaking the City Icon

by Lynne B. Sagalyn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262692953

ISBN-13: 9780262692953

Pub. Date: 10/01/2003

Publisher: MIT Press

The spectacularly successful transformation of Times Square has become a model for other cities. From its beginning as Longacre Square, Times Square's commercialism, signage, cultural diversity, and social tolerance have been deeply embedded in New York City's psyche. Its symbolic role guaranteed that any plan for its renewal would push the hot buttons of public

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The spectacularly successful transformation of Times Square has become a model for other cities. From its beginning as Longacre Square, Times Square's commercialism, signage, cultural diversity, and social tolerance have been deeply embedded in New York City's psyche. Its symbolic role guaranteed that any plan for its renewal would push the hot buttons of public controversy: free speech,
property-taking through eminent domain, development density, tax subsidy, and historic preservation.In Times Square Roulette, Lynne Sagalyn debunks the myth of an overnight urban miracle performed by Disney and Mayor Giuliani, to tell the far more complex and commanding tale of a twenty-year process of public controversy, nonstop litigation, and interminable delay. She tells how the troubled execution of the original redevelopment plan provided a rare opportunity to rescript it. And timing was all: the mid-1990s saw rising international corporate interest in the city as a mecca for mass-market entertainment and synergistic merchandising. Sagalyn details the complex relationship between planning and politics and the role of market forces in shaping Times Square's redevelopment opportunities. She shows how policy was wedded to deal making and how persistent individuals and groups forged both.

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ISBN-13:
9780262692953
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
10/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
638
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Prefaceviii
Part IPlanning: Creating Agents of Change1
1Staging a Transformation2
2The Late Great White Way30
3The Public Takes Charge68
4Deals for Development104
5The Open Tab134
Part IIImplementation: The Politics of Complex Ambitions169
6Troubled Execution170
7The Litigation Trap206
8Rescripting Renewal238
9Inventing an Entertainment Agenda276
10Business Buys Broadway308
11Disney Deliverance338
Part IIIPolicy Scorecard: Assessing the Gamble373
12The Reluctant Risk Taker374
13Quiescent Policy Dilemmas408
14The Messages of Renewal442
Epilogue476
Notes490
Bibliography562
Appendixes590
AList of Abbreviations591
BExecutive Administrations593
CPolicy Strategies and Public Actions to Improve Conditions in Times Square594
DChronology of the Redevelopment of Times Square and West 42nd Street597
EFormal and Informal Points of Accountability602
FNew Private Investment on West 42nd Street605
Index606

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