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Battery Park City: Politics and Planning on the New York Waterfront

David L. A. Gordon



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12 December 1997
City & town planning - architectural aspects; Regional government; Management & management techniques; Civil service & public sector
Battery Park City in Manhattan has been hailed as a triumph of urban design, and is considered to be one of the success stories of American urban redevelopment planning. The flood of praise for its design, however, can obscure the many lessons from the long struggle to develop the project. Nothing was built on the site for more than a decade after the first master plan was approved, and the redevelopment agency flirted with bankruptcy in 1979. Taking a practice-oriented approach, the book examines the role of planning and development agencies in implementing urban waterfront redevelopment. It focuses upon the experience of the central actor - the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) - and includes personal interviews with executives of the BPCA, former New York mayors John Lindsay and Ed Koch, key public officials, planners, and developers.
By:   David L. A. Gordon
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   v.1
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 216mm
Weight:   227g
ISBN:   9789056995584
ISBN 10:   9056995588
Pages:   145
Publication Date:   12 December 1997
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1. Dueling Plans: Proposals for the Lower Hudson Waterfront 2. Department of Marine and Aviation Plan 3. Governor Rockefeller's Proposal - Battery Park City 4. The City and State Negotiate 5. The 1969 Master Development Plan 6. Physical Design Cost Estimates 7. Designating Developers 8. Funding the Authority 9. Stalling Out: 1972-1979 10. The Real Estate Market Collapse The New York City Fiscal Crisis 11. The 1979 Master Plan 12. Building Battery Park City 13. Gateway Plaza 14. The World Financial Center 15. Public Spaces and Facilities 16. Issues for the Twenty-First Century 17. Corporate Structure 18. Why Battery Park City Matters 19. The Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association 20. Plan Implementation 21. Affordable Housing 22. Recharging Battery Park City: 1979-1982

Reviews for Battery Park City: Politics and Planning on the New York Waterfront

Gordon argues that Battery Park City is a remarkably successful urban development project, and that its implemented plan, prepared largely by Cooper Eckstut Associates, was an admiral combination of postmodern and new urbanist development. - Journal of American Planning Association Superbly designed for economic development professionals [and] urban design and planning firms. - Mitchell L. Moss, New York University

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