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Loisaida as urban laboratory Puerto Rican community activism in New York

Author: Timo Schrader
Publisher: Athens The University of Georgia Press [2020]
Series: Geographies of justice and social transformation, 51.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Viva Loisaida -- From dragons to the real great society -- Charas as pioneers of urban environmental activism -- Adopt a building and sweat equity urbanism -- Loisaida community murals as activism -- The battle against gentrification -- The resident dissidents of El Spirit Republic de Puerto Rico -- The joys of activism.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Timo Schrader
ISBN: 9780820357973 0820357979 9780820357980 0820357987
OCLC Number: 1236883588
Accession No: (DE-627)1700703250 (DE-599)KXP1700703250 (OCoLC)1236883588
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description: xiv, 186 Seiten Illustrationen 23 cm
Series Title: Geographies of justice and social transformation, 51.
Responsibility: Timo Schrader.
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Viva Loisaida -- From dragons to the real great society -- Charas as pioneers of urban environmental activism -- Adopt a building and sweat equity urbanism -- Loisaida community murals as activism -- The battle against gentrification -- The resident dissidents of El Spirit Republic de Puerto Rico -- The joys of activism.

"Loisaida as Urban Laboratory is the first in-depth analysis of the network of Puerto Rican community activism in New York City's Lower East Side from 1964 to 2001. Combining social history, cultural history, Latino studies, ethnic studies, studies of social movements, and urban studies, Timo Schrader uncovers the radical history of the Lower East Side. As little scholarship exists on the roles of institutions and groups in twentieth and twenty-first-century Puerto Rican community activism, Schrader enriches a growing discussion around alternative urbanisms. Loisaida was among a growing number of neighborhoods that pioneered a new form of urban living. The term Loisaida was coined, and then widely adopted, by the activist and poet Bittman "Bimbo" Rivas in an unpublished 1974 poem called "Loisaida" to refer to a part of the Lower East Side. Using this Spanglish version instead of other common labels honors the name that the residents chose themselves to counter real estate developers who called the area East Village or Alphabet City in an attempt to attract more artists and ultimately gentrify the neighborhood. Since the 1980s, urban planners and scholars have discussed strategies of urban development that revisit the pre-World War II idea of neighborhoods as community-driven and ecologically conscious entities. These "new urbanist" ideals are reflected in Schrader's rich historical and ethnographic study of activism in Loisaida, telling a vivid story of the Puerto Rican community's struggles for the right to stay and live with dignity in its home neighborhood"

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