Naked city : the death and life of authentic urban places / Sharon Zukin.Material type: TextPublication details: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010. Description: 1 online resource (xv, 294 pages) : illustrations, mapContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780199741892; 0199741891Subject(s): City and town life -- New York (State) -- New York | Urbanization -- New York (State) -- New York | Community development, Urban -- New York (State) -- New York | City planning -- Social aspects -- New York (State) -- New York | Authenticity (Philosophy) | POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- City Planning & Urban Development | Authenticity (Philosophy) | City and town life | City planning -- Social aspects | Community development, Urban | Urbanization | New York (State) -- New York | Steden | Stadsplanning | Authenticiteit | New York (stad)Genre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Naked city.DDC classification: 307.1/4164097471 LOC classification: HN80.N5 | Z85 2010ebOnline resources: Click here to access online
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-280) and index.
Origins and new beginnings -- How Brooklyn became cool -- Why Harlem is not a ghetto -- Living local in the East Village -- Union square and the paradox of public space -- A tale of two globals: pupusas and Ikea in Red Hook -- The billboard and the garden: a struggle for roots -- Destination culture and the crisis of authenticity.
As cities have gentrified, educated urbanites have come to prize what they regard as "authentic" urban life: aging buildings, art galleries, small boutiques, upscale food markets, neighborhood old-timers, funky ethnic restaurants, and old, family-owned shops. These signify a place's authenticity, in contrast to the bland standardization of the suburbs and exurbs. But as Sharon Zukin shows in Naked City, the rapid and pervasive demand for authenticity--evident in escalating real estate prices, expensive stores, and closely monitored urban streetscapes--has helped drive out the very people who first lent a neighborhood its authentic aura: immigrants, the working class, and artists. Zukin traces this economic and social evolution in six archetypal New York areas--Williamsburg, Harlem, the East Village, Union Square, Red Hook, and the city's community gardens--and travels to both the city's first IKEA store and the World Trade Center site. She shows that for followers of Jane Jacobs, this transformation is a perversion of what was supposed to happen. Indeed, Naked City is a sobering update of Jacobs' legendary 1962 book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities.
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