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Is New York Losing Its Soul? – SOLD OUT!!

jane jacobs future new york

Wednesday, October 3, 6:30 p.m., at Donnell Library Center, 20 W. 53rd St.

Today’s New York City is safer and more economically robust than anyone could have imagined in the gritty 1970s, or even the early 1990s. But there is more to city life than economic success. As blocks and neighborhoods begin to respond to success, some have lost elements of the character that made them distinctive. National chain stores, bank branches, drugstores and cellphone outlets abound, seemingly beyond all measure, and housing costs have soared beyond the reach of the middle classes, never mind the bohemians.

Where does the life of the city come from? Is New York on the verge of losing its creative edge? What can be done to ensure the city’s ongoing vitality?

Join Alison Tocci of Time Out New York, Darren Walker of the Rockefeller Foundation, novelist Tama Janowitz, Rocco Landesman of Jujamcyn Theaters, and moderator Clyde Haberman of the New York Times to discuss how the increase in chain stores and banks in New York City is contributing to the evolution in the city’s character.