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Loft Living: Culture and Capital in Urban Change

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Since its initial publication, Loft Living has become the classic analysis of the emergence of artists as a force of gentrification and the related rise of “creative city” policies around the world.  This 25th anniversary edition, with a new introduction, illustrates how loft living has spread around the world and that artists’ districts—trailing the success of SoHo in New York—have become a global tourist attraction. Sharon Zukin reveals the economic shifts and cultural transformations that brought widespread attention to artists as lifestyle models and agents of urban change, and explains their role in attracting investors and developers to the derelict loft districts where they made their home.

Prescient and dramatic, Loft Living shows how a declining downtown Manhattan became a popular “scene,” how loft apartments became hot commodities for the middle class, and how investors, corporations, and rich elites profited from deindustrializing the city’s factory districts and turning them into trendy venues for art galleries, artisanal restaurants, and bars. However, this edition points out that the artists who led the trend are now priced out of the loft market.  Even in New York, where the loft living market was born, artists have no legal claim on loft districts, nor do they get any preferential treatment in the harsh real estate market.

From the story of SoHo in Lower Manhattan to SoWa in Boston and SoMa in San Francisco, Zukin explains how once-edgy districts are transformed into high-price neighborhoods, and how no city can restrain the juggernaut of rising property values.

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Since its initial publication, Loft Living has become the classic analysis of the emergence of artists as a force of gentrification and the related rise of “creative city” policies around the world. This 25th anniversary edition, with a new introduction, illustrates how loft living has spread around the world and that artists’ districts—trailing the success of SoHo in New York—have become a global tourist attraction. 

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This book exposes the meeting of art and real estate markets, the happy meeting between artists' demand for housing and city officials and homeowners who wanted to 'upgrade' their neighborhoods by private market means--and how those artists were used and abandoned by real estate developers and investors who were banking on rising property values.

About the Author

SHARON ZUKIN is professor of sociology at Brooklyn College and the City University of New York Graduate Center. 

Table of Contents

Updated Introduction

Loft Living Grows Up: From Artists’ Studio to Global Brand

Foreword by David Harvey

Preface: Reader, Beware!

1          Living Lofts as Terrain and Market

2          Investment and Politics

3          The Creation of a “Loft Lifestyle”

4          Art in the Arms of Power

5          From Arts Production to Housing Market

6          Demand and Development in the Loft Market

7          Speculation and the State

8          Capital Shifts and the Cultural Avant-Garde in Urban America

Postscript to the Paperback Edition: More Market Forces

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813513898
Foreword:
Harvey, David
Author:
Harvey, David
Author:
Zukin, Sharon
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
City Planning & Urban Development
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Real estate development
Subject:
Lofts
Subject:
Political Policy - City Planning & Urban Dev.
Subject:
Public Policy - City Planning & Urban Dev.
Subject:
Real estate development - New York (State) -
Subject:
Lofts - Social aspects - New York (State) -
Subject:
General Architecture
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19890231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 0.75 oz

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Since its initial publication, Loft Living has become the classic analysis of the emergence of artists as a force of gentrification and the related rise of “creative city” policies around the world. This 25th anniversary edition, with a new introduction, illustrates how loft living has spread around the world and that artists’ districts—trailing the success of SoHo in New York—have become a global tourist attraction. 
"Synopsis" by , This book exposes the meeting of art and real estate markets, the happy meeting between artists' demand for housing and city officials and homeowners who wanted to 'upgrade' their neighborhoods by private market means--and how those artists were used and abandoned by real estate developers and investors who were banking on rising property values.
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