After the World Trade Center: Rethinking New York City by Michael Sorkin, Sharon Zukin

By Michael Sorkin, Sharon Zukin

The terrorist assaults of September eleven have created an unparalleled public dialogue in regards to the makes use of and meanings of the vital quarter of reduce long island that was the realm alternate heart. whereas town sifts throughout the particles, opposite forces shaping its destiny are at paintings. builders jockey to regulate the ideal to rebuild "ground zero." monetary organizations line up for sweetheart bargains whereas proposals for memorials are gaining in allure. In After the realm alternate Center, eminent social critics Sharon Zukin and Michael Sorkin name on New York's such a lot acclaimed urbanists to think about the effect of the terrorist assault at the global exchange heart and what it bodes for the way forward for ny. members take a detailed examine the response to the assault from various big apple groups and talk about attainable results on public existence within the urban.

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After the World Trade Center: Rethinking New York City (Cultural Spaces)

The terrorist assaults of September eleven have created an remarkable public dialogue concerning the makes use of and meanings of the critical zone of decrease ny that was the area alternate middle. whereas the town sifts in the course of the particles, opposite forces shaping its destiny are at paintings. builders jockey to manage the suitable to rebuild "ground 0.

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For the past 81 years, the pitted marble wall at the corner of Wall and Broad streets has served as the sole public marker of what was, until September 11, 2001, New York City s worst terrorist disaster. The attack, known as the Wall Street explosion, took place on September 16, 1920. Like the recent assault on the World Trade Center, the 1920 explosion struck the heart of the city's financial district. It killed more people than most Americans imagined possible from a single assault. It seemed to leave the nation facing an unknown enemy accused of committing an act of war.

This cultureflourishedin taverns, such settlements as the Five Points, the public markets, the parks, the Lower East Side, the streets, and the subways. The industries of the port and scores of manufactures provided jobs for newcomers and old timers. Conflicts abounded, but they were of a human scale. Going out into the neighborhoods was all about boundary crossings. Dance halls, community organizations, union halls, and parks were the venues to meet fellow countrymen and new neighbors. Where else would Jimmy Cagney pick up phrases of Yiddish and Cantonese?

Instead, they grew out of the regular, systemic exercise of accu4 Franklin Jameson, Narratives ofNew Netherland, 1609-1664 (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1909), 227-29. Whose Downtown?!? 43 mulated power and decision-making. Advantages of control and profit governed this calculus of power. Those most different from the norm of individualist material progress have had it worst. It was these norms that created and regulated the realities of what got built, whose interests were protected, and whose were disenfranchised.

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