Film + Discussion: "City in a City"

Join us for a screening of "City in A City: Lessons from Co-op City, the World's Largest Housing Cooperative," a 15 minute documentary about Co-op City, followed by a panel discussion of the issues raised by the film. Lunch included.

  • Robert Fogelson , Professor of History and Urban Studies
  • J. Phillip Thompson, Associate Professor, DUSP
  • Adam Tanaka, Director, City Within a City, and PhD candidate at Harvard University
  • Moderated by Ingrid Gould Ellen, Visiting Professor, DUSP

"City in a City" (2016)

Nestled on the northernmost edge of New York City, Co-op City is the largest affordable housing project in America and the largest cooperative complex in the world. A gatekeeper to the city for passing commuters on the I-95 expressway—yet a world apart from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan—Co-op City is a paradox in more ways than one: a private development whose every expense is monitored by the public sector; an ownership community whose residents earn no profit from the sale of their homes; soaring tower blocks with a suburban feel; subsidized housing for the middle class; and a vast collective vision in the world capital of capitalism.

Who built Co-op City, and for whom? What continues to attract residents here? And what does its story tell us about class, race, and real estate in the American city?  Directed by Adam Tanaka. Written by Adam Tanaka, Scott Wagner, and Marybeth Allan. 14 Minutes.

[image: Miller, Gary, Photographer (NARA record: 8464459) (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons]