Urban Renewal in Cold War New York

June 21st, 2010

The post war rise of Manhattan as a modern world city and its later decline into crisis, had "urban renewal" at the heart to both its cultural and physical transformation. These policies even laid the groundwork for what we view today as gentrification. Samuel Zipp, a Professor of Urban Studies at Brown University, in his new book Manhattan Projects: The Rise and Fall of Urban Renewal in Cold War New York, captures the complex world of forgotten stories and characters that make up urban renewal's promise and tragedies. My conversation with Samuel Zipp: