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Downtown, Inc. : How America rebuilds cities

Author: Bernard J Frieden; Lynne B Sagalyn
Publisher: MIT Press, 1991.
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Pioneering observers of the urban landscape Bernard Frieden and Lynn Sagalyn delve into the inner workings of the new public entrepreneurship and public private partnerships that have revitalized the  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard J Frieden; Lynne B Sagalyn
ISBN: 0262560593 9780262560597
OCLC Number: 24748631
Description: xiv, 440 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Part 1 A bunch of nobodies: legacy of the big stores, vanishing crowds. Part 2 Sanitizing the city: alliances - the Pittsburgh model; highway detours; the urban renewal takeover; tracking the money; demolition by the acre; the cover-up; casualty count. Part 3 Blueprint for indifference: designed for isolation; nobody knows the rubble I've seen; the freeway revolt; losing urban renewal; persuasive protests; progress but no applause. Part 4 Would the shopping mall play downtown?: sanctuaries for shopping; competing with easy street; a tonic for tired cities?; roadblocks; the gatekeepers; searching for new locations. Part 5 Pasadena - no bed of roses: inventing a transplant; sweetheart deals; pledging future taxes; protective maneouvres; sharing troubles. Part 6 Entrepreneurial cities and maverick developers: a landmark in Boston; James Rouse - mixing pleasure with business; a public market in Seattle; John Clise - the coalition-builder; proving St Paul's competence; George Latimer - the Mayor's glue; a porno district in San Diego; Ernest Hahn - endurance and flexibility; Gerald Trimble - the public sector developer. Part 7 Deal making: testing the waters; deals to match projects; development by consensus; City Hall deal makers; coping with crisis; negotiable designs; the relationship is the deal. Part 8 Getting and spending: paying without pain; the federal pipeline - good to the last drop; digging into local resources; safe money for risky projects; dovetailing dollars into joint ventures. Part 9 Open for business: Faneuil Hall - marketing the unusual; Pike Place - preserving the past; town square - making the setting special; Horton plaza - designing fantasies. Part 10 Popular success and critical dismay: fear of commerce; artificial environments; highbrows and lowbrows. Part 11 Privatizing the city: running risks - Burbank, St Paul, Detroit; setup for scandal; how public is a mall?; security at a price; the chaining of Main Street. Part 12 Marketplace contributions: uses of commercialism; taming Times Square and Bryant Park; School for Management; the hiding hand; selling Columbus Circle. Part 13 Downtown malls and the city agenda: corporate territory; 250 Empire State buildings; lodgings and lobbies; conventioneers; the gentry come to town; stagecraft; big league ambitions; logic in the patchwork. Part 14 An unfinished renaissance: indicting City Hall; manufacturing myths - New Yrok and Pittsburgh; is development unfair? where is the opposition?; bargaining for downtown jobs - Baltimore and Boston; slowing the pace; the mall business; do cities learn?.
Responsibility: Bernard J. Frieden and Lynne B. Sagalyn.


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Downtown, Inc. is a solid book with plenty of background... [Its] densely detailed case studies celebrate flexibility and innovation on both sides of the increasingly blurry public-private debate. -- Read more...

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