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Downtown, Inc. : How America Rebuilds Cities - Bernard J. Frieden

Downtown, Inc.

How America Rebuilds Cities

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Our cities are on the move again. Pioneering observers of the urban landscape Bernard Frieden and Lynn Sagalyn delve into the inner workings of the new public entrepreneurship and public private partnerships that have revitalized the downtowns of such cities as Boston, San Diego, Seattle, St. Paul, and Pasadena. They bring a unique combination of political and economic expertise to their analysis of this hot new marketplace, depicting a generation of mayors and administrators who differ in style from their predecessors and who have a more informed relationship with developers. "Downtown Inc. "is a progress report on what has happened to our cities in the second half of this century, documenting new directions and more productive strategies for rebuilding downtown. Frieden and Sagalyn take a close look at the retail industry and illustrate how, in cities across the country, maverick developers and enterprising mayors found creative solutions to the problems presented by conservative lenders, political controversy, and shrinking Federal subsidies. Substantial studies of four big city malls - Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, Town Square in St. Paul, the Pike Place Market in Seattle, and Horton Plaza in San Diego - show in detail what it takes to succeed: a free wheeling entrepreneurial style, flexible deals, financing on the go, and design plans that change as needed. They also highlight the inventive designs that fit these projects into crowded downtowns, attracting record crowds to their doors, and show conversely how conflicts over Columbus Circle, Times Square, and Bryant Park in New York embody the problems that cities must overcome when they try to combine private profit with civic purpose. "Downtown Inc. "surveys the results to date to see if there is a real agenda for downtown in the mix of convention centers, malls, stadiums, hotels, and promotional events. Besides the obvious successes of bringing in money and reversing decay in urban centers, Frieden and Sagalyn document the emergence of new downtown economies in New York, Pittsburgh, and other cities as major job centers for a broad cross section of people.

Downtown, Inc. represents the most insightful commentary on up-to-the-minute urban development that has appeared to date. Moreover, this is a book in which the words 'government' and 'successful' actually appear in the same sentence. -- Edward A. Schwartz * New York Times Book Review * Downtown, Inc. is a solid book with plenty of background... [Its] densely detailed case studies celebrate flexibility and innovation on both sides of the increasingly blurry public-private debate. -- Harold Henderson * Planning *

Part 1 A bunch of nobodies: legacy of the big stores, vanishing crowds. Part 2 Sanitizing the city: alliances - the Pittsburgh model; highway detours; the urban renewal takeover; tracking the money; demolition by the acre; the cover-up; casualty count. Part 3 Blueprint for indifference: designed for isolation; nobody knows the rubble I've seen; the freeway revolt; losing urban renewal; persuasive protests; progress but no applause. Part 4 Would the shopping mall play downtown?: sanctuaries for shopping; competing with easy street; a tonic for tired cities?; roadblocks; the gatekeepers; searching for new locations. Part 5 Pasadena - no bed of roses: inventing a transplant; sweetheart deals; pledging future taxes; protective maneouvres; sharing troubles. Part 6 Entrepreneurial cities and maverick developers: a landmark in Boston; James Rouse - mixing pleasure with business; a public market in Seattle; John Clise - the coalition-builder; proving St Paul's competence; George Latimer - the Mayor's glue; a porno district in San Diego; Ernest Hahn - endurance and flexibility; Gerald Trimble - the public sector developer. Part 7 Deal making: testing the waters; deals to match projects; development by consensus; City Hall deal makers; coping with crisis; negotiable designs; the relationship is the deal. Part 8 Getting and spending: paying without pain; the federal pipeline - good to the last drop; digging into local resources; safe money for risky projects; dovetailing dollars into joint ventures. Part 9 Open for business: Faneuil Hall - marketing the unusual; Pike Place - preserving the past; town square - making the setting special; Horton plaza - designing fantasies. Part 10 Popular success and critical dismay: fear of commerce; artificial environments; highbrows and lowbrows. Part 11 Privatizing the city: running risks - Burbank, St Paul, Detroit; setup for scandal; how public is a mall?; security at a price; the chaining of Main Street. Part 12 Marketplace contributions: uses of commercialism; taming Times Square and Bryant Park; School for Management; the hiding hand; selling Columbus Circle. Part 13 Downtown malls and the city agenda: corporate territory; 250 Empire State buildings; lodgings and lobbies; conventioneers; the gentry come to town; stagecraft; big league ambitions; logic in the patchwork. Part 14 An unfinished renaissance: indicting City Hall; manufacturing myths - New Yrok and Pittsburgh; is development unfair? where is the opposition?; bargaining for downtown jobs - Baltimore and Boston; slowing the pace; the mall business; do cities learn?.

ISBN: 9780262560597
ISBN-10: 0262560593
Series: Downtown, Inc.
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 398
Published: 1st July 1991
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.4  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.78
Edition Type: New edition