Ed Koch and the Rebuilding of New York City by Jonathan Soffer

Ed Koch and the Rebuilding of New York City

byJonathan Soffer

Paperback | January 31, 2012

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For better or worse, Koch's efforts convinced many New Yorkers to embrace a new political order subsidizing business, particularly finance, insurance, and real estate, and privatizing public space.

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Jonathan Soffer is associate professor of history at New York University's Polytechnic Institute.

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Title:Ed Koch and the Rebuilding of New York CityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:528 pagesPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231150334

ISBN - 13:9780231150330

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments1. Introduction2. Struggling to Be Middle Class: Ed Koch's Early Life 3. It Takes a Village (1949-58) 4. "Rhymes with Notch" (1959-64)5. The Man Who Beat Carmine De Sapio 6. A Rebel with Reason7. Koch's Corridor (1969-76)8. "A Liberal with Sanity": Koch as the Anti-Bella9. New York: Divided and Broke (1973-77)10. The 1977 Mayoral Election11. The Critical First Term (1978-81)12. The Politics of Race and Party13. Shake-up (1979-80)14. Controlled Fusion: Or, to Koch or Not to Koch (1980-81)15. Governor Koch? (1982-83)16. Larger Than Life (1984-85)17. A New Spatial Order: Gentrification, the Parks, Times Square18. Homelessness19. The Koch Housing Plan (1986-89)20. AIDS21. Crime and Police Issues (1978-84)22. The Ward Years: Police, Crime, and Police Crimes (1984-89)23. Don't Follow County Leaders, and Watch Your Parking Meters (1986)24. Koch's Endgame (1988-89)25. EpilogueConclusionNotesIndex

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In his evenhanded treatment of the confrontational and controversial mayor, Soffer endorses the liberal indictment and fully acknowledges Koch's shortcomings. At the same time, however, the author presents a compelling brief for Koch that underscores the desperate condition of New York City in the late 1970s and argues convincingly for the mayor's decision to employ draconian measures.