TitleBoosting the metropolis
NameBauer, Matthew A. (author), Listokin, David (chair), Holcomb, Briavel (internal member), Sass Rubin, Julia (internal member), Fainstein, Susan S. (outside member), Rutgers University, Graduate School - New Brunswick,
SubjectPlanning & Public Policy,
Tourism--Government policy--New York (State)--New York--Case studies,
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001--Psychological aspects--New York (State)--New York--Case studies,
Terrorism--New York (State)--New York--Psychological aspects--Case studies,
Business--Effect of terrorism on--New York (State)--New York--Case studies
DescriptionFocusing on post-9/11 New York City as a case study, the central hypothesis of this dissertation is that cities affected by a terrorist action utilize, at least temporarily, the actors of their respective tourism-related industries to reaffirm the emotional affiliation that their residents and business leaders have with their affected city, and to instill a sense of confidence that re-investing in the city is a wise economic and personal choice. Building upon the growth machine thesis of Logan and Molotch (1987), and expanding upon the research of Greenberg (2008a) and Gladstone and Fainstein (2001), this dissertation confirms that at least in the case of post 9/11 New York, the tourism-led growth coalition was employed to boost the morale and sense of connectedness to New York for those already residing and conducting business in the city. During the height of the tourism-led growth coalition’s influence, the city’s real estate industry focused its energies on securing public funding for physical redevelopment and residential & office tenancy incentive programs that were less in the public eye than were the tourism-led growth coalition’s efforts. The city’s bid to secure the 2012 Olympic Games and its efforts to extend the Midtown Central Business District to include the West Side rail yards area placed New York’s real estate interests back in the forefront of public discourse about growth. While its hegemony in leading city growth may have been fleeting, the tourism-led coalition acted swiftly and purposefully to serve as a salve against a pervasive sense of fear and instability caused by the rapid succession of terrorist attacks on New York, first on the World Trade Center and then by Anthrax-tainted letters. Through its actions, the tourism-led growth coalition helped stem the potential tide of businesses and residents leaving New York for more safe and secure locales.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references
Noteby Matthew A. Bauer
CollectionGraduate School - New Brunswick Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.