New York is a luxury product

This looks set to be a fascinating story in serial blog form: an anthropologist trained in urban planning studied the Bloomberg administration from 2003, watching them treat New York as a business that required design and marketing and management. His biggest surprise: that they actually paid some attention to academics.

I remember the west side was receiving all the attention when I was in NY from roughly 98 to 03, with Hell’s Kitchen being remarketed as Chelsea Clinton and the Meatpacking District being touted as the new hotness; evidently that intensified, as the piers came under ever greater development pressure.

I’m looking forward to hearing how it all went down.

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