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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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Every Day Is September 11

Every Day Is September 11

Memorial Plans for Community Spaces

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September 12

Gregory Smithsimon

NYU Press

This chapter examines how the resource-rich environment and sense of community that helped heal Battery Park City after September 11 led residents to resist the presence of the general public in the neighborhood and to endorse exclusive proposals for how urban redevelopment of the Downtown should proceed. It considers the concerns expressed by Battery Park City residents that outsiders—whom they called “tourists”—would troop to their enclave, as well as their opposition to a series of memorials in the neighborhood. It shows how residents disrupted the symbolic definition of the area as community space by inviting outsiders and describes their anxieties about changes to the neighborhood and its use by a larger public during the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Keywords:   community, Battery Park City, September 11, urban redevelopment, outsiders, memorials, community space

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