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Ed Koch and the Rebuilding of New York City

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ca. 33,22 €

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2010. Buch. 528 S. Hardcover

Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-15032-3

Format (B x L): 15,6 x 23,5 cm

Gewicht: 879 g

In englischer Sprache

Das Werk ist Teil der Reihe: Columbia History of Urban Life


In 1978, Ed Koch assumed control of a city plagued by filth, crime, bankruptcy, and racial tensions. Yet by the end of his mayoral run in 1989 and in spite of the Wall Street crash of 1987, his administration had begun rebuilding neighborhoods and infrastructure. Unlike many American cities, Koch's New York was growing, not shrinking. Gentrification brought new businesses to neglected corners and low-end rental housing was converted into to coops and condos. Nevertheless, not all the changes were positive: AIDS, crime, homelessness, and violent racial conflict increased, marking a time of great if somewhat uneven transition.

For better or worse, Koch's efforts convinced many New Yorkers to embrace a new political order, one which subsidized business particularly finance, insurance, and real estate and privatized public space. Each phase of the city's recovery required a difficult choice between moneyed interests and social services, forcing Koch to be both a moderate and a pragmatist as he tried to mitigate growing economic inequality. As the first book to recast Koch's legacy through personal and mayoral papers, authorized interviews, and oral histories, this volume plots a history of New York City through two rarely studied yet crucial decades: the bankruptcy of the 1970s and the recovery and crash of the 1980s.


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