Save the Firehouse!

Ida Susser

in Norman Street

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780195367317
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199951192 | DOI:
Save the Firehouse!

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This chapter analyzes the formation of a successful local movement and the way in which friendships and local cooperation facilitated its development. The movement was prompted by New York City Fire Commissioner O'Hagan proposal to close Engine Company 212, which was located in the Northside section of Williamsburg. Local residents, objecting to the loss of protection, gathered outside the firehouse to protest the removal of the engine. This became the first episode of a long struggle on the part of Northside residents to win back a fully equipped and functioning firefighting company.

Keywords: local cooperation; local movement; collective action; firehouse; Engine Company 212

Chapter.  7548 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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