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Securing the Spectacular City: The Politics of Revitalization and Homelessness in Downtown Seattle

Securing the Spectacular City: The Politics of Revitalization and Homelessness in Downtown Seattle

by Timothy A. Gibson


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Timothy A. Gibson tells a compelling story about a decade-long effort to build a world-class downtown in the heart of Seattle. Escorting readers in to the backrooms of Seattle's political establishment, Gibson investigates why city leaders are so willing to commit public money to downtown redevelopment projects. Examining whether its downtown has really become, as promised, "everyone's neighborhood," thereby benefiting all socio-economic classes, Securing the Spectacular City uses the Seattle story in order to explore, and ultimately to understand, the larger social and ethical consequences of spectacular downtown revitalization plans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739105696
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 11/05/2003
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Timothy A. Gibson is an Assistant Professor of Communication at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He has authored a number of articles on media, discourse, and urban politics, including articles published in Rethinking Marxism, Space and Culture, and the Journal of Communication Inquiry. Raised in Ohio, he spent a decade living in the Pacific Northwest prior to moving to the East Coast. He currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife and two children.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 When Things Fall Apart Part 1 Economic Crisis and the Mobilization of Spectacle Chapter 2 Crisis and Opportunity in the Post-Fordist City Part 2 Building the Spectacular City Chapter 3 Seattle Elites and the Downtown Crisis Part 3 Securing the Spectacular City Chapter 4 Negotiating Urban Spectacle Chapter 5 Public Resources, Private Power Chapter 6 Securing Urban Spectacle Chapter 7 The Urban Reststop vs. The World-Class City Chapter 8 Defining Revitalization in the Spectacular City Chapter 9 Building A City that Truly Lives

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