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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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Real Privilege and False Charity

Real Privilege and False Charity

(p.72) 2 Real Privilege and False Charity
September 12

Gregory Smithsimon

NYU Press

This chapter examines the real privileges bestowed on people who lived in Battery Park City because of the special arrangements made by the city and state for the community and compare them with the false charity of the affordable housing plan. Using ethnography's extended-place method, the chapter considers how privilege was constructed in Battery Park City as well as the programmatic and organizational choices that produced financial benefits for its residents. It cites New Settlement Apartments, Battery Park City's “twin” project in a low-income neighborhood in the Bronx, to highlight the shortcomings of the claim that state-sponsored luxury projects can adequately contribute to the larger community. It also discusses the cultural advantages that Battery Park City residents have enjoyed, along with the seemingly commonsense rationalizations for privilege that are ingrained in the suburban strategy today.

Keywords:   privileges, Battery Park City, charity, affordable housing, financial benefits, New Settlement Apartments, suburban strategy

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