Contested City: Art and Public History as Mediation at New York’s Seward Park Urban Renewal Area

English | ISBN: 1609386108 | 2019 | 234 pages | EPUB | 32 MB

2020 Brendan Gill Prize finalist
For forty years, as New York’s Lower East Side went from disinvested to gentrified, residents lived with a wound at the heart of the neighborhood, a wasteland of vacant lots known as the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA). Most of the buildings on the fourteen-square-block area were condemned in 1967, displacing thousands of low-income people of color with the promise that they would soon return to new housing-housing that never came.
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