Critical Praise for City of Disorder
"City of Disorder has added enormously to our understanding of
the context in which the crime declines 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 of the 1980's and 90's."
- George Kelling, author of Fixing Broken Windows"In City of Disorder, Alex 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
-Donna Lieberman, Executive Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union
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