Manhattan Projects

Manhattan Projects : The Rise and Fall of Urban Renewal in Cold War New York

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Moving beyond the usual good-versus-evil story that pits master-planner Robert Moses against the plucky neighborhood advocate Jane Jacobs, Samuel Zipp sheds new light on the rise and fall of New York's urban renewal in the decades after World War II. Focusing on four iconic "Manhattan projects"-the United Nations building, Stuyvesant Town, Lincoln Center, and the great swaths of public housing in East Harlem-Zipp unearths a host of forgotten stories and characters that flesh out the conventional history of urban renewal. He shows how boosters hoped to make Manhattan the capital of modernity and a symbol of American power, but even as the builders executed their plans, a chorus of critics revealed the dark side of those Cold War visions, attacking urban renewal for perpetuating deindustrialization, racial segregation, and class division; for uprooting thousands, and for implanting a new, alienating cityscape. Cold War-era urban renewal was not merely a failed planning ideal, Zipp concludes, but also a crucial phase in the transformation of New York into both a world city and one mired in urban crisis.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 488 pages
  • 165.1 x 254 x 33.02mm | 839.14g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195328744
  • 9780195328745

Review quote

Zipp masterfully demonstrates, though, that Manhattan Projects deserves to be surrounded by the best studies of the evolution of post-World War II urbanism, for it is surely one of them. * Eric J. Sandeen, Urban History * The books presents richly detailed and thoughtfully written studies of four renewal projects, all located in Manhattan and all of which represent, for Zipp, New York's attempt to position itself internationally while solving perplexing social, economic and physical problems at home and furthering Cold War ideological interests abroad. * Robert A. Beauregard, Times Literary Supplement *show more

About Samuel Zipp

Samuel Zipp is Assistant Professor of American Civilization and Urban Studies at Brown University.show more

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