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0199794464 / 9780199794461
Paperback
307.76
13/05/2011
Stock expected by 13/12/2019
24 cm xv, 294 p. : ill., maps
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Reprint. Originally published: 2010.

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, Zukinshows 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 desireto consume authentic experience has become a central force in making cities more exclusive.

BIC:

AMVD City & town planning - architectural aspects, JFSG Urban communities, RPC Urban & municipal planning

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