Norman Street Revisited: Claiming a Right to New York City

Ida Susser

in Norman Street

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780195367317
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199951192 | DOI:
Norman Street Revisited: Claiming a Right to New York City

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This chapter opens with a brief discussion of the production of urban space and the historical contributions of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs to the structuring of New York City. The section that follows outlines the impact of globalization and the increasing inequalities that have framed the lives of New Yorkers over the past three decades. The next section focuses on the changing conditions of life in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, as well as the ongoing community organizing around environmental justice and affordable housing. It follows the long and concerted collaboration among many community groups, churches, local politicians, and others for a fair and sustainable Community Development Plan, which came to be known as 197A. It shows how, after 9/11/2001, in Greenpoint–Williamsburg, the Bloomberg administration introduced massive plans for rezoning, overruling the previously approved Community Development Plan 197A. The final section traces the immediate impact of the 2008 global economic crisis on the half-built new condominiums precipitated by the Bloomberg rezoning.

Keywords: urban space; Robert Moses; Jane Jacobs; globalization; Greenpoint; Williamsburg; Community Development Plan 197A; rezoning; 2008 economic crisis

Chapter.  24254 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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