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September 12Community and Neighborhood Recovery at Ground Zero$
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Gregory Smithsimon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814740842

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814740842.001.0001

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Introduction

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September 12
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Gregory Smithsimon

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814740842.003.0001

This book investigates how residents of Battery Park City—a secluded, wealthy enclave in New York City—reestablished their community in the three years after the September 11 attacks using the rich social and physical infrastructure of the neighborhood. It examines how Battery Park City's exclusive space interacts with the neighborhood's socioeconomic profile to influence residents' definition of the community, their positions on local issues, and their relations with people outside their community. It also considers the contradictory nature of Battery Park City in the post-9/11 period by focusing on the World Financial Center. Finally, it explores how the suburban strategy ultimately employed in Battery Park City fostered spatial segregation and a vibrant exclusivity, setting the stage for the neighborhood's approach to recovery after the devastation of 9/11. By analyzing Battery Park City's spatial and social form, the book highlights the potential of urban space as a foundation of more inclusive and egalitarian social organization.

Keywords:   suburban strategy, Battery Park City, New York City, socioeconomic profile, World Financial Center, spatial segregation, urban space, social organization, 9/11, September 11

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