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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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Definitely in My Backyard

Definitely in My Backyard

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(p.193) 7 Definitely in My Backyard
September 12

Gregory Smithsimon

NYU Press

This chapter examines the third stage in the ongoing reciprocal relationship between space and social relations in Battery Park City. In the first stage, people shaped space; in the second stage, space shaped social relations. In the third stage, people shaped space once more as they organized to influence the physical design of the neighborhood that previously influenced them. This chapter looks at how residents of Battery Park City used space as a tool to maintain the exclusivity of their neighborhood and to preserve existing social privilege. It also shows how residents sought to influence redevelopment plans for Battery Park City, the World Trade Center site, and Lower Manhattan that would reproduce the exclusivity of their neighborhood and community in physical form. Resident attitudes about urban redevelopment illustrate the reciprocal relationship of space and social relations while also revealing the problems—the use of suburban spatial strategies to defend residential inequality—inherent in the contemporary “citadel.”

Keywords:   space, social relations, Battery Park City, physical design, exclusivity, social privilege, urban redevelopment, World Trade Center, Lower Manhattan, citadel

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