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Crisis Cities: Disaster and Redevelopment in New York and New Orleans

Kevin Fox Gotham and Miriam Greenberg


This book blends critical theoretical insight with a historically grounded comparative study to examine the form, trajectory, and contradictions of redevelopment efforts following the 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina disasters. Based on years of research in the two cities, the book contends that New York and New Orleans have emerged as paradigmatic “crisis cities,” representing a free-market approach to post-disaster redevelopment that is increasingly influential in our current, crisis-prone urban age. This approach, the book terms “crisis-driven urbanization,” emphasizes the privatization of disast ... More

Keywords: disaster, urban redevelopment, crisis, neoliberalism, crisis-driven urbanization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199752225
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199752225.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Fox Gotham, author
Tulane University

Miriam Greenberg, author
University of California Santa Cruz