A History of Housing in New York City (Columbia History of Urban Life) (2nd Edition)

November 20, 2020
A History of Housing in New York City (Columbia History of Urban Life) (2nd Edition)

Since its emergence in the mid-nineteenth century as thenation's "metropolis," New York has faced the most challenginghousing problems of any American city, but it has also led thenation in innovation and reform. The horrors of the tenement wereperfected in New York at the same time that the very rich werebuilding palaces along Fifth Avenue; public housing for the poororiginated in New York, as did government subsidies formiddle-class housing.A standard in the field since its publication in 1992, AHistory of Housing in New York City traces New York's housingdevelopment from 1850 to the present in text and profuseillustrations. Richard Plunz explores the housing of all classes,with comparative discussion of the development of types rangingfrom the single-family house to the high-rise apartment tower. Hisanalysis is placed within the context of the broader political andcultural development of New York City. This revised edition extendsthe scope of the book into the city's recent history, adding threedecades to the study, covering the recent housing bubble crisis,the rebound and gentrification of the five boroughs, and theecological issues facing the next generation of New Yorkers. Morethan 300 illustrations are integrated throughout the text,depicting housing plans, neighborhood changes, and cityarchitecture over the past 130 years. This new edition alsofeatures a foreword by the distinguished urban historian Kenneth T.Jackson.