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


• 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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