Times Square Roulette: Remaking the City Icon

Mon, Oct 27, 2014
MIT Press

In 2001, Lynne B. Sagalyn published Times Square Roulette (MIT Press), the definitive history of Times Square’s redevelopment. Debunking the myth of an overnight urban miracle performed by Disney and Mayor Giuliani, she recounts the far more complex and commanding tale of a twenty-year process of public controversy, nonstop litigation, and interminable delay. On the occasion of the Museum’s exhibition TIMES SQUARE, 1984, she describes the process of researching and writing the book and poses new questions about the Times Square of 2014.

Lynne B. Sagalyn

​​Lynne B. Sagalyn​ is the Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor of Real Estate and Director of the MBA Real Estate Program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

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