Fw: History of sleeping on the streets

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Sat, 25 Dec 1999 22:06:07 -0500


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Subject: Re: History of sleeping on the streets


Posted by James Ward <Jjward@cedarcrest.edu>

Take a look at the following on the homeless(ness) "crisis" in NYC in the
late 80s/early 90s:

Janet L. Abu-Lughod et al., _From Urban Village to East Village: The
Battle for New York's Lower East Side_ (Blackwell, 1994).

Brian Wallis, ed., _If You Lived Here: The City in Art, Theory, and Social
Activism_ (Dia Art Foundation Discussions in Contemporary Culture 6,
1991).

Bullet Space Collective, _Your House Is Mine 1988-1992_ (New York, 1993).

Also, look at the essays by Neil Smith in _The New Urban Frontier_ and in
Michael Sorkin, ed., _Variations on a Theme Park: The New American City
and the End of Public Space_ (Hill & Wang, 1992).

There was also a PBS "Point of View" (POV) film entitled "Takeover," made
by Peter Kinoy and Pamela Yates, which I saw broadcast in August 1992. I
remember NY and Philadelphia as locations, but there were probably others.
It may be worth pursuing through PBS or by a query directly to the
filmmakers.

More generally, don't miss Nan Ellin, ed., _Architecture of Fear_
(Princeton Architectural Press, 1997) for various "solutions" to the
problem/threat.

As is noted, the homeless (sic) and responses to them have resurfaced as a
media event in NY given Mayor Rudolf Guiliani's Thanksgiving Week
"crackdown" and US Senate aspirant Hillary Clinton's commentary thereupon.
Stay tuned.

James J. Ward
Cedar Crest College