The ghost in the machine: The neoliberal urban visions of Michael Bloomberg

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This paper discusses the role of grand urban visions in neoliberal urbanism by drawing on ethnographic and other research into the administration of New York City's ex-CEO Mayor, Michael Bloomberg. It argues that such visions illustrate the cultural dimensions and power of neoliberal urbanism, of which Bloomberg's approach to governance and development was an example. It describes the details and development of such visions in the Bloomberg administration, their role in the administration's ambitious development agenda, and the ways in which they affected the politics surrounding this agenda.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-153
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Cultural Geography
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2012



  • New York
  • neoliberalism
  • urban development

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