Securing the Spectacular City: The Politics of Revitalization and Homelessness in Downtown Seattle by Timothy A. GibsonSecuring the Spectacular City: The Politics of Revitalization and Homelessness in Downtown Seattle by Timothy A. Gibson

Securing the Spectacular City: The Politics of Revitalization and Homelessness in Downtown Seattle

byTimothy A. Gibson

Hardcover | November 5, 2003

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Timothy A. Gibson tells a compelling story about a decade-long effort to build a world-class downtown in the heart of Seattle. Escorting readers in to the backrooms of Seattle's political establishment, Gibson investigates why city leaders are so willing to commit public money to downtown redevelopment projects. Examining whether its downtown has really become, as promised, "everyone's neighborhood," thereby benefiting all socio-economic classes, Securing the Spectacular City uses the Seattle story in order to explore, and ultimately to understand, the larger social and ethical consequences of spectacular downtown revitalization plans.
Timothy A. Gibson is an Assistant Professor of Communication at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He has authored a number of articles on media, discourse, and urban politics, including articles published in Rethinking Marxism, Space and Culture, and the Journal of Communication Inquiry. Raised in Ohio, he spent a decade li...
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Title:Securing the Spectacular City: The Politics of Revitalization and Homelessness in Downtown SeattleFormat:HardcoverDimensions:322 pages, 9.3 × 6.24 × 1.15 inPublished:November 5, 2003Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 When Things Fall Apart Part 1 Economic Crisis and the Mobilization of Spectacle Chapter 2 Crisis and Opportunity in the Post-Fordist City Part 2 Building the Spectacular City Chapter 3 Seattle Elites and the Downtown Crisis Part 3 Securing the Spectacular City Chapter 4 Negotiating Urban Spectacle Chapter 5 Public Resources, Private Power Chapter 6 Securing Urban Spectacle Chapter 7 The Urban Reststop vs. The World-Class City Chapter 8 Defining Revitalization in the Spectacular City Chapter 9 Building A City that Truly Lives

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Timothy Gibson tells a fascinating story in Securing the Spectacular City. It is a story about Seattle's emergence as a world-class city and the decisions, manipulation, and backroom deals that led to its rise as a major player on the global stage. Although based on Seattle, the work has clear applications and lessons for most large cities in North America. It is, in essence, a case study of the conflicts and collisions that are all too commonplace between two groups in the urban United States. On one side are the civic boosters and the urban elite (for example, developers, real estate interests, and a seeming majority of any given community's politicians). On the other side are advocates for the disadvantaged and the disadvantaged themselves (for example, leaders of nonprofit agencies, socially oriented organizations and groups, low-income populations and the homeless). What one learns about the development process is quite revealing, making the book worthwhile reading for policymakers, academics interested in urban studies, and those from the development and real estate sector, whose decisions significantly affect the urban scene.