NAKED CITY: From Gritty to Glam in New York

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NAKED CITY: From Gritty to Glam in New York

Sharon Zukin, City University of New YorkMetropolis Laboratory 2012, Copenhagen


1971 2010


Hue-Man Bookstore and CaféJill Scott book signing, 2000sThe House of Common SenseHome of Proper PropagandabookstoreRegistration for the Back to AfricaMovement, July 24, 1964


• Upscaling (or capitalist growth?)• Demographic replacement (ordisplacement?)• Standardization (or globalization?)• Consciousness of loss (or nostalgia?)• Shift from a landscape of production to alandscape of consumption?• A different urban experience?


1. Aestheticizing the obsolete2. “Adaptive reuse”3. Gentrification4. Global investment in real estate5. Private management of public space6. Artistic entrepreneurialism• Cafés, bars, restaurants, boutiques• Economic, social, cultural entrepreneurs


JOHN BALDESSARI, 2011 MAURICIO CATTELAN, 2012


• Capital investment• State controls• Media images• Consumers’ tastes


• Re-enchant the city• Sense of place + sense of time• Preserve the city’s multipleauthenticities• “What is” + “what ought to be”


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