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

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

by Alexander J. Reichl
ISBN-10:
0700609504
ISBN-13:
9780700609505
Pub. Date:
05/28/1999
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas

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

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780700609505
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Publication date: 05/28/1999
Series: Studies in Government and Public Policy Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction1
1.Times Square as Text5
2.From Urban Renewal to Historic Preservation21
3.Times Square Discourse: From the Great White Way to the Dangerous Deuce43
4.Planning the Revaluation of Times Square77
5.Public Voices and Pro-Growth Politics115
6.Fin-de-Siecle Forty-second Street: Disneyspace for the Twenty-first Century143
7.Learning from Forty-second Street163
Appendices183
A.Chronology of Redevelopment Events
B.Organizations Involved in Redevelopment
Notes187
Bibliography215
Index225

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