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Crisis Cities: Disaster and Redevelopment in New York and New Orleans

Crisis Cities: Disaster and Redevelopment in New York and New Orleans

by Kevin Fox Gotham, Miriam Greenberg
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Crisis Cities blends critical theoretical insight with a historically-grounded comparative study to examine the redevelopment efforts following the 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina disasters. Based on years of research in the two cities, Gotham and Greenberg contend that New York and New Orleans have emerged as paradigmatic crisis cities, representing a free-market approach to post-disaster redevelopment that is increasingly dominant for crisis-stricken cities around the world. This mode of urbanization emphasizes the privatization of disaster aid, devolution of recovery responsibility to the local state, use of tax incentives and federal grants to spur market-centered redevelopment, and utopian branding campaigns to market the redeveloped city for business and tourism. Meanwhile, it eliminates "low-income" and "public benefit" standards that once underlay emergency provisions. Focusing on the pre- and post-history of disaster, Gotham and Greenberg show how this approach exacerbates the uneven landscapes of risk and resiliency that helped produce crisis in the first place, while potentially reproducing the conditions for future crisis. At the same time, they highlight the expanding coalitions that formed following 9/11 and Katrina to contest these inequities and envision a more just and sustainable urban future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199752218
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 05/05/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kevin Fox Gotham is Professor of Sociology at Tulane University.

Miriam Greenberg is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Table of Contents

List of Acronyms
Chapter 1: Introduction: Comparing the Incomparable: Towards a Theory of Crisis Cities
Chapter 2: "Tighten Your Belts and Bite the Bullet": The Legacy of Urban Crisis in New York and New Orleans
Chapter 3: Constructing the Tabula Rasa: Framing and the Political Construction of Crisis
Chapter 4: Crisis as Opportunity: Tracing the Contentious Spatial Politics of Redevelopment
Chapter 5: Landscapes of Risk and Resilience: From Lower Manhattan to the Lower Ninth Ward
Chapter 6: Re-Branding the "Big Apple" and the "Big Easy": Representations of Crisis and Crises of Representation
Chapter 7: Conclusion: Lessons In the Wake of New York and New Orleans

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