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Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places

Sharon Zukin


As cities have gentrified, educated urbanites have come to prize what they regard as "authentic" urban life: aging buildings, art galleries, small boutiques, upscale food markets, neighborhood old-timers, funky ethnic restaurants, and old, family-owned shops. These signify a place's authenticity, in contrast to the bland standardization of the suburbs and exurbs. But as Sharon Zukin shows in Naked City, the rapid and pervasive demand for authenticity--evident in escalating real estate prices, expensive stores, and closely monitored urban streetscapes--has helped drive out the very people who f ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195382853
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195382853.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sharon Zukin, author