Sharon Zukin


On her book Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places

Cover Interview of December 15, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Can we consume the city without destroying it?”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Is the idea of authenticity only a means of preserving a city’s elite cultures?  Or can it be used to ensure everyone a right to stay in the place where they live and work?”

On the second:

“I have been both exasperated and enchanted by the New York City’s gilt and dross, brutal honesty and flagrant self-promotion and ability to inspire dreams.”