Faculty Book: Tom Angotti
New York For Sale: Community Planning Confronts Global Real Estate
(MIT Press, 2008)
Remarkably, grassroots community planning flourishes in New York City—the self-proclaimed real estate capital of the world. Here, Tom Angotti tells the story of community planning in New York: how activists moved beyond the tactics of protests and instead began formulating community plans to protect neighborhoods against urban renewal, real estate mega-projects, gentrification, and more. After describing in general terms the political economy of New York City real estate, its close ties to global financial capital, and the roots of community planning in social movements, Angotti turns to specifics. He recalls the pioneering plans forged in reaction to the ambitions of urban renewal, including the city’s very first in 1961, the Cooper Square Alternate Plan. Also detailed are struggles for environmental justice, such as battles over incinerators, sludge, and garbage; plans adopted officially by the city; and others dominated by powerful real-estate interests. Finally, Angotti offers strategies for progressive community planning useful to any neighborhood seeking to defend itself from market-driven development. Tom Angotti is a professor of earth and environmental sciences at Hunter College and the Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: AUG 28, 2008