The Creative Destruction of New York City: Engineering the City for the Elite by Alessandro BusaThe Creative Destruction of New York City: Engineering the City for the Elite by Alessandro Busa

The Creative Destruction of New York City: Engineering the City for the Elite

byAlessandro Busa

Hardcover | August 15, 2017

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Bill de Blasio's campaign rhetoric focused on a tale of two cities: rich and poor New York. He promised to value the needs of poor and working-class New Yorkers, making city government work better for everyone - not just those who thrived during Bloomberg's tenure as mayor. But well into deBlasio's administration, many critics think that little has changed, especially in terms of land owners' and developers' profits. Despite the mayor's goal of creating more affordable housing, Brooklyn and Manhattan sit atop the list of the most unaffordable housing markets in the country. It seemsthat the old adage is becoming truer: New York is a place for only the very rich and the very poor. In The Creative Destruction of New York City, urban scholar Alessandro Busa travels to neighborhoods across the city, from Harlem to Coney Island, to tell the story of fifteen years of drastic rezoning and rebranding, updating the tale of two New Yorks. There is a gilded city of sky-high glasstowers where Wall Street managers and foreign billionaires live-or merely store their cash. And there is another New York: a place where even the professional middle class is one rent hike away from displacement. Despite de Blasio's rhetoric, the trajectory since Bloomberg has been remarkablyconsistent. New York's urban development is changing to meet the consumption demands of the very rich, and real estate moguls' power has never been greater. Major players in real estate, banking, and finance have worked to ensure that, regardless of changes in leadership, their interests are safeguarded at City Hall. The Creative Destruction of New York City is an important chronicle of both the success of the city's elite and of efforts to counter thecity's march toward a glossy and exclusionary urban landscape. It is essential reading for everyone who cares about affordable housing access and, indeed, the soul of New York City.
A critical urban scholar with a cross-disciplinary background, Alessandro Busa has published extensively on the social, cultural, and economic impact of urban development in New York's most iconic neighborhoods. Busa has carried out research in New York City at Columbia University, and holds a Ph.D. from the Technical University of Ber...
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Title:The Creative Destruction of New York City: Engineering the City for the EliteFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190610093

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