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Published: 14 September 2017

360 Pages


ISBN: 9780190610098

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The Creative Destruction of New York City

Engineering the City for the Elite

Alessandro Busà

  • Shows that 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: New York's middle class
  • Traces a pattern of favoritism toward the FIRE (finance, insurance, and real estate) sectors since the 1970s that has thwarted steps toward a more egalitarian and affordable city
  • Argues that progressives' good intentions are thwarted by the result of 40 years of austerity, privatization, financial deregulation, and public financing of financial losses that have increased inequality
  • Employs photographs and qualitative details from the author's time in various New York neighborhoods to depict steep class divisions
  • Shows the true scope of the issue by relating facts about New York to situations in cities across the globe

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