By Michael Sorkin, Sharon Zukin
The terrorist assaults of September eleven have created an unparalleled public dialogue in regards to the makes use of and meanings of the critical zone of reduce new york that was the area exchange heart. whereas the town sifts during the particles, opposite forces shaping its destiny are at paintings. builders jockey to regulate the precise to rebuild "ground zero." monetary enterprises line up for sweetheart bargains whereas proposals for memorials are gaining in charm. In After the area exchange Center, eminent social critics Sharon Zukin and Michael Sorkin name on New York's so much acclaimed urbanists to think about the influence of the terrorist assault at the global alternate heart and what it bodes for the way forward for big apple. participants take an in depth examine the response to the assault from quite a few long island groups and talk about attainable results on public lifestyles within the urban.
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We need to learn from past injustice. Grand top-down schemes can be challenged. Jane Jacobs's fights for a "healthy city" protected the West Village from bulldozers. Greenwich Villagers, Italians, and Chinese residents fought Moses's Lower Manhattan Expressway. We take the walkable, human-scale, mixed-use remains of Downtown for granted, yet they would have been torn down if those battles had not been fought. We would not be enjoying access to the Hudson River now if it had not been for those long years of fighting Westway.
Edwin Fischer, a former New York City tennis champion and lawyer, had sent postcards to several friends on Wall Street, warning them to "get out" and "keep away" on the afternoon of September 15. Police arrested him soon after the explosion, but within days they had declared him innocent. They said his prophecy was just a coincidence. In his "eccentric" mind, Fischer had simply transformed a widespread fear into a weirdly specific prediction. But while Americans in 1920 expected some kind of attack, they claimed afterward that they had never imagined violence of the sort that erupted on Wall Street.
The United States today is a far more powerful global force, economically and militarily, than it was in 1920. The character of the so-called enemy within has shifted, and whatever threat left-wing radicals once seemed to pose has been replaced by an assault from the right. One would like to think, too, that contemporary Americans are more sensitive than our predecessors were to issues of racial and ethnic repression, less inclined to resort to scapegoating or internment camps. But if the political context has changed since 1920, the imperative to understand violence within a political context has not.