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By Sharon Zukin

As towns have gentrified, trained urbanites have come to prize what they regard as "authentic" city existence: getting older constructions, artwork galleries, small boutiques, upscale meals markets, local old-timers, funky ethnic eating places, and previous, family-owned retailers. those characterize a place's authenticity, not like the tasteless standardization of the suburbs and exurbs.

But as Sharon Zukin indicates in Naked City, the fast and pervasive call for for authenticity--evident in escalating genuine property costs, pricey shops, and heavily monitored city streetscapes--has helped force out the very those that first lent an area its real charisma: immigrants, the operating category, and artists. Zukin lines this fiscal and social evolution in six archetypal ny areas--Williamsburg, Harlem, the East Village, Union sq., crimson Hook, and the city's group gardens--and travels to either the city's first IKEA shop and the realm alternate heart website. She exhibits that for fans of Jane Jacobs, this change is a perversion of what used to be presupposed to ensue. certainly, Naked City is a sobering replace of Jacobs' mythical 1961 e-book, The dying and lifetime of nice American Cities. Like Jacobs, Zukin appears at what supplies neighborhoods a feeling of position, yet argues that through the years, the emphasis on local uniqueness has turn into a device of financial elites to force up actual property values and successfully strength out the local "characters" that Jacobs so evocatively idealized.

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