Homesteading in New York City

Homesteading in New York City 1978-1993 - The Divided Heart of Loisaida

1996, Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey, Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc.

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This is an ethnographic study of predominantly Puerto Rican low-income people on the Lower East Side of Manhattan who have been involved in the rehabilitation of abandoned buildings through sweat-equity urban homesteading from 1978 to 1993. The study combines a portrait of homesteading in a contemporary urban environment with an analysis of homesteading in the context of economic and political developments at the local, state, and national levels. The ethnography illustrates the ingenuity and initiative of poor and working-class people in the face of limited local political, governmental, and social services support.

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