This is an author-meets-critics session to discuss the book, Who Cleans the Park? Public Work and Urban Governance in New York City, by John Krinsky and Maud Simonet. The book discusses the ways in which changes in the parks labor force have been occasioned by a reorganization of the parks maintenance system, including the proliferation of nonprofit conservancies and “friends-of” organizations; the application of various forms of cheaper or free labor, including volunteers, workfare workers, job-training program participants, and people sentenced to community service by the courts. It discusses the blurred boundaries between the local state and nonprofits in managing the parks, and the creation of a system by which the value of well-maintained parks, cleaned at lower cost, accrues to the private accumulation projects of both those who own businesses and real estate around the park and the local state that reaps taxes from this activity.
|Introduction||John Krinsky The City College of New York||15|
|Discussant||Nik Theodore University of Illinois at Chicago||15|
|Discussant||Naomi Adiv Portland State University||15|
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