Skip to main content

Special Feature: Whose Bronx?

As New York City’s overheated real-estate market begins to affect the Bronx, researchers and memoirists are rejecting received wisdom about the borough’s crisis-ridden past and warning of new threats to the stability of its working-class neighborhoods.

In this special review feature, Aly Hassell comments on the historical documentary Decade of Fire, while Susan Saegert discusses the memoirs of two hard-fighting Bronx housing advocates.

Whose Bronx?: Decade of Fire Looks Back at a Complicated History of Neighborhood Abandonment and the Rise of Community Control in the South Bronx,

by Aly Hassell

Crisis Makes Heroes: Affordable Housing in New York City During and After a “Decade of Fire”,

by Susan Saegert

Make a donation

Support Metropolitics!


To cite this article:

Aly Hassell & Susan Saegert, “Special Feature: Whose Bronx?”, Metropolitics, 2 July 2019. URL :

See also

Other resources online


Subscribe to the newsletter


Submit a paper

Contact the editors

Submit a paper

Make a donation

Support Metropolitics!

Centre national de recherche scientifique
Journal supported by the Institut des Sciences Humaines et Sociales (Institute of Human and Social Sciences) of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)