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Book Review: The Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places

Book Review: The Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places 49(7) 1613–1621, May 2012 Book Reviews The Naked City: The Death and Life of renaissance. The theoretical thread that Authentic Urban Places unites these case studies is ‘authenticity’, for Sharon Zukin, 2010 which Zukin discerns two distinct meanings. New York: Oxford University Press The first is autochtony, or ‘origins’, as she 312 pp. £19.00/US$27.95 hardback puts it. Under this definition, Brooklyn’s ISBN 978 0 19 538285 3 hardback post-industrial grittiness (ch. 1), Harlem’s ‘‘blackness’’ (ch. 2), East New York and Red Hook’s patchwork of recent immigrants Cities aiming to re-invent themselves often (chs. 5 and 6), Union Square’s history of look to New York for inspiration. As a working-class protest (ch. 4) and East laboratory for urban innovation, mapping Village’s bohemia (ch. 3) all serve as a rich New York City’s transformation is crucial for cultural ‘terroir’: the precious raw material understanding global trends in urban devel- out of which urban entrepreneurs fashion opment. Naked City: The Life and Death of new consumerist spatial experiences. The Authentic Urban Spaces, by Sharon Zukin, ‘origins’ are what give neighbourhoods their examines the evolution of New York’s urban distinctive flavour, but they are also the tra- renewal, from the massive housing and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Urban Studies: An International Journal of Research in Urban Studies SAGE

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© 2012 Urban Studies Journal Limited
ISSN
0042-0980
eISSN
1360-063X
DOI
10.1177/0042098012439903
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Abstract

49(7) 1613–1621, May 2012 Book Reviews The Naked City: The Death and Life of renaissance. The theoretical thread that Authentic Urban Places unites these case studies is ‘authenticity’, for Sharon Zukin, 2010 which Zukin discerns two distinct meanings. New York: Oxford University Press The first is autochtony, or ‘origins’, as she 312 pp. £19.00/US$27.95 hardback puts it. Under this definition, Brooklyn’s ISBN 978 0 19 538285 3 hardback post-industrial grittiness (ch. 1), Harlem’s ‘‘blackness’’ (ch. 2), East New York and Red Hook’s patchwork of recent immigrants Cities aiming to re-invent themselves often (chs. 5 and 6), Union Square’s history of look to New York for inspiration. As a working-class protest (ch. 4) and East laboratory for urban innovation, mapping Village’s bohemia (ch. 3) all serve as a rich New York City’s transformation is crucial for cultural ‘terroir’: the precious raw material understanding global trends in urban devel- out of which urban entrepreneurs fashion opment. Naked City: The Life and Death of new consumerist spatial experiences. The Authentic Urban Spaces, by Sharon Zukin, ‘origins’ are what give neighbourhoods their examines the evolution of New York’s urban distinctive flavour, but they are also the tra- renewal, from the massive housing and

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Urban Studies: An International Journal of Research in Urban StudiesSAGE

Published: May 1, 2012

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