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Author Brash, Julian

Title Bloomberg's New York : class and governance in the luxury city / Julian Brash

Publ Info Athens : University of Georgia Press, [2011]
 RWU Main Library  JS1230 .B73 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript xii, 342 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Geographies of justice and social transformation ; 6
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents The neoliberalization of governance in New York City -- Electing the CEO mayor -- Running government like a business -- The luxury city -- The Bloomberg Way -- Far West side stories -- Why the RPA mattered -- The logic of investment -- The Bloomberg Way and its others
Note New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg claims to run the city like a business. In Bloomberg's New York, Julian Brash applies methods from anthropology, geography, and other social science disciplines to examine what that means. He describes the mayor's attitude toward governance as the Bloomberg Wayła philosophy that holds up the mayor as CEO, government as a private corporation, desirable residents and businesses as customers and clients, and the city itself as a product to be branded and marketed as a luxury good. --
Commonly represented as pragmatic and nonideological, the Bloomberg Way, Brash argues, is in fact an ambitious reformulation of neoliberal governance that advances specific class interests. He considers the implications of this in a blow-by-blow account of the debate over the Hudson Yards plan, which aimed to transform Manhattan's far west side into the city's next great high-end district. Bringing this plan to fruition proved surprisingly difficult as activists and entrenched interests pushed back against the Bloomberg administration, suggesting that despite Bloomberg's success in redrawing the rules of urban governance, older political arrangementsłand opportunities for social justicełremain. --Book Jacket
LC subject New York (N.Y.) -- Politics and government -- 1951-
Bloomberg, Michael
Elite (Social sciences) -- New York (State) -- New York
Urban renewal -- New York (State) -- New York
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