Summer in the City: John Lindsay, New York, and the American Dream

Summer in the City: John Lindsay, New York, and the American Dream

by Joseph P. Viteritti (Editor)


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Summer in the City takes a clear look at John Lindsay’s tenure as mayor of New York City during the tumultuous 1960s, when President Lyndon Johnson launched his ambitious Great Society Program. Providing an even-handed reassessment of Lindsay’s legacy and the policies of the period, the essays in this volume skillfully dissect his kaleidoscope of progressive ideas and approach to leadership—all set in a perfect storm of huge demographic changes, growing fiscal stress, and an unprecedented commitment by the federal government to attain a more equal society. Compelling archival photos and a timeline give readers a window into the mythic 1960s, a period animated by civil rights marches, demands for black power, antiwar demonstrations, and a heroic intergovernmental effort to redistribute national resources more evenly.

Written by prize-winning authors and leading scholars, each chapter covers a distinct aspect of Lindsay’s mayoralty (politics, race relations, finance, public management, architecture, economic development, and the arts), while Joseph P. Viteritti’s introductory and concluding essays offer an honest and nuanced portrait of Lindsay and the prospects for shaping more balanced public priorities as New York City ushers in a new era of progressive leadership.

The volume’s sharp focus on the controversies of the Mad Men era will appeal not only to older readers who witnessed its explosive events, but also to younger readers eager for a deeper understanding of the time. A progressive Republican with bold ideals and a fervent belief in the American Dream, Lindsay strove to harness the driving forces of modernization, democratization, acculturation, inclusion, growth, and social justice in ways that will inform our thinking about the future of the city.

Contributors: Lizabeth Cohen, Paul Goldberger, Brian Goldstein, Geoffrey Kabaservice, Mariana Mogilevich, Charles R. Morris, David Rogers, Clarence Taylor, and Joseph P. Viteritti

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421412610
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 04/30/2014
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Joseph P. Viteritti is the Thomas Hunter Professor of Public Policy and Chair of the Urban Affairs and Planning Department at Hunter College. He is author or editor of eleven books, including, most recently, When Mayors Take Charge: School Governance in the City and City Schools: Lessons from New York, the latter also published by Johns Hopkins.

Table of Contents

Preface NYC, Then and Now vii

Acknowledgments xv

1 Times a-Changin': A Mayor for the Great Society Joseph P. Viteritti 1

2 On Principle: A Progressive Republican Geoffrey Kabaservice 27

3 Race, Rights, Empowerment Clarence Taylor 61

4 Of Budgets, Taxes, and the Rise of a New Plutocracy Charles R. Morris 81

5 Management versus Bureaucracy David Rogers 107

6 A Design-Conscious Mayor: The Physical City Paul Goldberger 139

7 Governing at the Tipping Point: Shaping the City's Role in Economic Development Lizabeth Cohen Brian Goldstein 163

8 Arts as Public Policy: Cultural Spaces for Democracy and Growth Mariana Mogilevich 195

9 After the Fall: John Lindsay, New York, and the American Dream Joseph P. Viteritti 225

Chronology: The Lindsay Years 241

Contributors 267

Index 269

What People are Saying About This

Richard Flanagan

"Summer in the City artfully balances the interplay of leadership, ideas about urbanism that were prevalent at the time, and deep political, intergovernmental, demographic, and economic structural forces at play in the 1960s, producing the best volume about Mayor John Lindsay ever published."

Dick Ravitch

"Viteritti has done a great service with this book on John Lindsay, because it places Lindsay's mayoralty in the context of the past fifty years of New York history—the social changes that occurred and the politics and governance of the city that accompanied them. By turning to other contributors who are expert in their separate fields, the book most accurately reflects Lindsay's unique contribution."

Mike Wallace

"John Lindsay, supposed exemplar of the failures of liberalism, has been given a bum rap by history. These first-rate essays provide a positive revaluation of his mayoralty, a convincing defense of the progressive tradition he championed, and a timely reminder of ways that activist government can advance the common good."

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