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City of Disorder: How the Quality of Life Campaign Transformed New York Politics [Hardcover]

by Alex S. Vitale
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April 1, 2008 0814788173 978-0814788172

2009 Association of American University Presses Award for Jacket Design

In the 1990s, improving the quality of life became a primary focus and a popular catchphrase of the governments of New York and many other American cities. Faced with high levels of homelessness and other disorders associated with a growing disenfranchised population, then mayor Rudolph Giuliani led New York's zero tolerance campaign against what was perceived to be an increase in disorder that directly threatened social and economic stability. In a traditionally liberal city, the focus had shifted dramatically from improving the lives of the needy to protecting the welfare of the middle and upper classes—a decidedly neoconservative move.

In City of Disorder, Alex S. Vitale analyzes this drive to restore moral order which resulted in an overhaul of the way New York views such social problems as prostitution, graffiti, homelessness, and panhandling. Through several fascinating case studies of New York neighborhoods and an in-depth look at the dynamics of the NYPD and of the city's administration itself, Vitale explains why Republicans have won the last four New York mayoral elections and what the long-term impact Giuliani's zero tolerance method has been on a city historically known for its liberalism.


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"City of Disorder has added enormously to our understanding of the context in which the crime declines of the 1980s and 90s took place. Future discussions of what happened in New York City must take this book into account. A great read and a real contribution to our understanding of the era."
-—George Kelling,co-author of Fixing Broken Windows: Restoring Order And Reducing Crime In Our Communities



"Vitale makes a powerful, and likely irrefutable, case that New York City mayors could have made major inroads in reducing homelessness had they adopted more progressive land use policies. This part of the book alone is a major contribution to the ongoing debate about homelessness. Readers across the nation will benefit from what is now clearly one of the best books ever written about urban homelessness."
-—Randy Shaw,BeyondChron.org



"In City of Disorder, Vitale provides a wise and balanced analysis of the preoccupation with social order in New York City that flowered under Giuliani's watch. On the one side, neoliberal housing and employment markets were increasing the numbers of people who were displaced and homeless. The failure of government on all levels to regulate the market forces driving this development, or to intervene to provide alternatives for the people affected, meant that people coped as they always have, by camping on the streets and panhandling, and by turning to drugs and drink. These behaviors in turn created popular political support for the coercive social controls that came to characterize city policy in the nineties. But neither the homeless nor the public were responsible for the limited alternatives which drove this mean result."
-—Frances Fox Piven,author of The War at Home: The Domestic Costs of Bush's Militarism



"Vitale presents an important critical analysis of "quality of life" and "zero tolerance" policing that have serious civil rights and civil liberties implications and are too often accepted, without careful scrutiny, as the solution to urban problems."
-—Donna Lieberman,Executive Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union



City of Disorder offers something bracing for liberal policy-makers in New York: a blueprint for the realization of their humanistic values through an array of more muscular, activist policies. They should study it and learn from it.-Robert Neuwirth,City Limits WEEKLY

About the Author

Alex S. Vitale is Associate Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He has also worked for the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness and the New York Civil Liberties Union.


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  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814788173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814788172
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Seen from afar, the politics of New York City present a paradox. The city is a hotbed of liberalism, and votes heavily Democratic in national elections. Yet the Democrats have not won a mayoral election in almost twenty years (and, as of this writing, Mike Bloomberg is coasting to his third term). Why has liberalism been eclipsed as an electoral force in this liberal city? Alex Vitale goes some way to answering this question, in his misnamed book (a more accurate title might have been 'the roots of the turn to punitive approaches' or 'the collapse of corporate liberalism'--he has much more to say about how we arrived at quality of life campaigns than about how the campaigns themselves affected the city). He has a clear, forceful explanatory framework which he fills in with well-chosen details (what more can we ask for?). The basic framework is this: corporate liberals used to rule New York City. They prioritized government interventions to facilitate the growth of business in the city. In theory, this would help everyone, but it did not. It often produced unemployment, or low wages, or housing shortages. But corporate liberals did not support interventions in labor or housing markets to address these problems, since this would have frustrated the growth strategy. Rather, they favored ameliorative measures by funding social service agencies and occasional housing projects.
In the seventies and eighties, this all became unraveled. The businesses favored by the corporate liberal strategy--the finance and real estate sectors--tended to exacerbate these problems because apart from those on top, they are low wage industries. So the 'problem' portion of the population grew.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good March 3, 2013
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Not as critical as I was hoping, yet Vitale does a really good job of giving an historical background to the rise of the quality of life paradigm that has taken over this nation within the last 20 years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An important look at the homeless crisis October 1, 2009
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This excellent book analyzes homeless policies. Mayor Frank Jordan of San Francisco in 1993 began a campaign to remove homeless people from the city. Thousands of homeless people were ticketed by policy for minor crimes, hundreds of homeless were jailed, and homeless people were removed from public areas. Vitale argues this created more danger and hurt to thousands of homeless people. Mayor Giuliani repeated a similar campaign afterwards in New York. These programs are designed to improve the "quality of life" for residents but does nothing, in fact they make things worse, for homeless people. Penalizing a homeless person for being homeless solves nothing.

A Federal court in Pottinger v. City of Miami rules in 1991 that Miami could not make it a crime to commit an act a homeless person must do as a homeless person when the city offers no alternative to being homeless. The court ruled Miami had to designate an area where homeless people could stay without public government harassment.

Santa Monica, Ca. in 1993 passed a law that made it very restrictive to give free food to the homeless.

A major problem is that social programs for the homeless are severely underfunded. This invokes a contradiction when compared to the billions of public dollars spent on economic development. Another irony is the high costs involved in incarcerating a homeless person. Budget restraints have limited the ability of local governments to properly fund and implement social programs.

There is an increase in homeless worldwide. It is a result of global market changes. Local residents are understandably distressed by the increased number of homeless in their communities. Many communities have decreased the amount of low income housing, which has made the homeless problem worse. The author calls for greater social tolerance, social cohesion, social services that work, and regulating globalization.
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