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Published: 04 September 2017

360 Pages | 47 images

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190610098

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The Creative Destruction of New York City

Engineering the City for the Elite

Alessandro Busà

  • Shows how today's hyper-gentrification is "upgrading" the city to standards that are unaffordable to all but the very wealthy, pushing out even those who had been accused of gentrification in the past
  • Traces a pattern of favoritism toward the FIRE (finance, insurance, and real estate) sectors since the 1970s that has thwarted steps to make the city more egalitarian and affordable
  • Argues that progressives' good intentions have been thwarted by the result of 40 years of austerity, privatization, and financial deregulation, and that at present they are fighting a losing battle
  • Shows the vast scope of the issue by linking the particulars of New York to situations in cities across the globe
  • Includes a rich array of photographs and qualitative details from the author's time in various New York neighborhoods to depict the sharpening of the city's class divide

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