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Naked city : the death and life of authentic urban places

Author: Sharon Zukin
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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As cities have gentrified, educated urbanites have come to prize what they regard as "authentic" urban life: aging buildings, art galleries, and funky ethnic restaurants. But as Sharon Zukin shows in Naked City, the pervasive demand for authenticity has helped drive out the very people who first lent a neighborhood its authentic aura: immigrants, the working class, and artists. Through a guided tour of six  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sharon Zukin
ISBN: 9780199794461 0199794464 9780195382853 0195382854
OCLC Number: 894995115
Awards: Winner of One of Planetizen's "Top 10 Urban Planning Books of the Year for 2011".
Description: xv, 294 s. : illustrations, kort
Contents: 1 ORIGINS AND NEW BEGINNINGS; UNCOMMON SPACES; 2 HOW BROOKLYN BECAME COOL; 3 WHY HARLEM IS NOT A GHETTO; 4 LIVING LOCAL IN THE EAST VILLAGE; COMMON SPACES; 5 UNION SQUARE AND THE PARADOX OF PUBLIC SPACE; 6 A TALE OF TWO GLOBALS: PUPUSAS AND IKEA IN RED HOOK; 7 THE BILLBOARD AND THE GARDEN: A STRUGGLE FOR ROOTS; 8 DESTINATION CULTURE AND THE CRISIS OF AUTHENTICITY
Responsibility: Sharon Zukin

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As cities have gentrified, educated urbanites have come to prize what they regard as "authentic" urban life: aging buildings, art galleries, and funky ethnic restaurants. But as Sharon Zukin shows in Naked City, the pervasive demand for authenticity has helped drive out the very people who first lent a neighborhood its authentic aura: immigrants, the working class, and artists. Through a guided tour of six archetypal New York City neighborhoods, Zukin shows how the emphasis on distinctiveness has become a tool of economic elites to drive up real estate values and force out the neighborhood "characters" that people often idealize. With a journalist's eye and the understanding of a longtime observer, Zukin's panoramic survey of the city explains how our desire to consume authentic experience has become a central force in making cities more exclusive.

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The strengths of Naked City lie in Zukin's acute eye, her attentive ear for shifts in the way we talk about cities, and her evocative sympathy for the longtime residents of neighborhoods such as Read more...

 
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