Times Square Red, Times Square Blue (Google eBook)
If one street in America can claim to be the most infamous, it is surely 42nd Street. Between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, 42nd Street was once known for its peep shows, street corner hustlers and movie houses. Over the last two decades the notion of safety-from safe sex and safe neighborhoods, to safe cities and safe relationships-has overcome 42nd Street, giving rise to a Disney store, a children's theater, and large, neon-lit cafes. 42nd Street has, in effect, become a family tourist attraction for visitors from Berlin, Tokyo, Westchester, and New Jersey's suburbs.
Samuel R. Delany sees a disappearance not only of the old Times Square, but of the complex social relationships that developed there: the points of contact between people of different classes and races in a public space. In Times Square Red, Times Square Blue, Delany tackles the question of why public restrooms, peepshows, and tree-filled parks are necessary to a city's physical and psychological landscape. He argues that starting in 1985, New York City criminalized peep shows and sex movie houses to clear the way for the rebuilding of Times Square. Delany's critique reveals how Times Square is being "renovated" behind the scrim of public safety while the stage is occupied by gentrification.
Times Square Red, Times Square Blue paints a portrait of a society dismantling the institutions that promote communication between classes, and disguising its fears of cross-class contact as "family values." Unless we overcome our fears and claim our "community of contact," it is a picture that will be replayed in cities across America.
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Review: Times Square Red, Times Square BlueUser Review - Goodreads
Delaney does a wonderful job of illuminating the cultures that are affected and will be missed with the Times Square "clean-up".
Review: Times Square Red, Times Square BlueUser Review - Audacia Ray - Goodreads
This book was published in 1999, the year I moved to New York - and of course at that time I fetishized the NYC of years gone. Its every bit as amazing a read as I remember it, but when I read it for ... Read full review
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The novelist Samuel Delany answers with a vehement ''no'' in the two essays of ''Times Square Red, Times Square Blue.'' ''Times Square Blue'' constitutes...
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Recent critiques of this stark transformation, such as the literary theorist Samuel Delany’s Times Square Red, Times Square Blue (2001) or the ...
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