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Naked city : the death and life of authentic urban places / Sharon Zukin.

Zukin, Sharon. (Author).
Book Book (2010.)
Description: xv, 294 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
Publisher: Oxford, Oxon, Eng. ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2010.
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  • ISBN: 0195382854 (acid-free paper)
  • ISBN: 9780195382853 (acid-free paper)
Bibliography, etc.: Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-280) and index.
Contents: 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.
Summary: 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 .
Citation: Zukin, Sharon. "Naked city : the death and life of authentic urban places." Oxford, Oxon, Eng. ; Oxford University Press, 2010.
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