Bloomberg's New York: Class and Governance in the Luxury City

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University of Georgia Press, 2011 - Social Science - 342 pages
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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 Way—a 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 arrangements—and opportunities for social justice—remain.

  

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amazing ethnography of bloomberg's mayorship and neoliberalism. like SERIOUSLY so amazing. Read full review

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Recommendation from Jeremiah's Vanishing New York An academic book describing the "Bloomberg Way" of governance, with emphasis on his handling of the Hudson Yards project in 2004. Apparently it's ... Read full review

Contents

The Neoliberalization of Governance
24
Electing the CEO Mayor
55
Running Government like a Business
75
The Luxury City
100
The Bloomberg Way
130
Far West Side Stories
144
Why the RPA Mattered 267
199
The Bloomberg Way and Its Others
234
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About the author (2011)

Julian Brash is assistant professor of anthropology at Montclair State University.

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