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Summer in the City

John Lindsay, New York, and the American Dream

Summer in the City takes a clear look at John Lindsay’s tenure as mayor of New York City during the tumultuous 1960s, when President Lyndon Johnson launched his ambitious Great Society Program. Providing an even-handed reassessment of Lindsay’s legacy and the policies of the period, the essays in this volume skillfully dissect his kaleidoscope of progressive ideas and approach to leadership—all set in a perfect storm of huge demographic changes, growing fiscal stress, and an unprecedented commitment by the federal government to attain a more equal society. Compelling archival photos and a timeline give readers a window into the mythic 1960s, a period animated by civil rights marches, demands for black power, antiwar demonstrations, and a heroic intergovernmental effort to redistribute national resources more evenly.

Written by prize-winning authors and leading scholars, each chapter covers a distinct aspect of Lindsay’s mayoralty (politics, race relations, finance, public management, architecture, economic development, and the arts), while Joseph P. Viteritti’s introductory and concluding essays offer an honest and nuanced portrait of Lindsay and the prospects for shaping more balanced public priorities as New York City ushers in a new era of progressive leadership.

The volume’s sharp focus on the controversies of the Mad Men era will appeal not only to older readers who witnessed its explosive events, but also to younger readers eager for a deeper understanding of the time. A progressive Republican with bold ideals and a fervent belief in the American Dream, Lindsay strove to harness the driving forces of modernization, democratization, acculturation, inclusion, growth, and social justice in ways that will inform our thinking about the future of the city.

Contributors: Lizabeth Cohen, Paul Goldberger, Brian Goldstein, Geoffrey Kabaservice, Mariana Mogilevich, Charles R. Morris, David Rogers, Clarence Taylor, and Joseph P. Viteritti

About the Author

Joseph P. Viteritti is the Thomas Hunter Professor of Public Policy and Chair of the Urban Affairs and Planning Department at Hunter College. He is author or editor of eleven books, including, most recently, When Mayors Take Charge: School Governance in the City and City Schools: Lessons from New York, the latter also published by Johns Hopkins.

Reviews

"Professor Viteritti... and his fellow contributors make a convincing case that, at the least, Mr. Lindsay deserves another look."

- Sam Roberts - New York Times

"The book was well-written and the research impeccable."

- History Buffs

"Viteritti has recruited a superb mix of senior and junior scholars who collectively make a substantial contribution to understanding an important period (1966-73) in America's national and urban development... This well-integrated volume illuminates crucial developments in New York City's adapting to change to maintain its status as a global city."

- Choice

Endorsements

"John Lindsay, supposed exemplar of the failures of liberalism, has been given a bum rap by history. These first-rate essays provide a positive revaluation of his mayoralty, a convincing defense of the progressive tradition he championed, and a timely reminder of ways that activist government can advance the common good."

- Mike Wallace, Pulitzer Prize–winning coauthor of Gotham

"Viteritti has done a great service with this book on John Lindsay, because it places Lindsay's mayoralty in the context of the past fifty years of New York history—the social changes that occurred and the politics and governance of the city that accompanied them. By turning to other contributors who are expert in their separate fields, the book most accurately reflects Lindsay's unique contribution."

- Dick Ravitch, Former Lieutenant Governor of New York, 2009–2010

"Summer in the City artfully balances the interplay of leadership, ideas about urbanism that were prevalent at the time, and deep political, intergovernmental, demographic, and economic structural forces at play in the 1960s, producing the best volume about Mayor John Lindsay ever published."

- Richard Flanagan, City University of New York

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City Schools

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May 2003 - Johns Hopkins University Press
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