The Fall and Rise of New York

About the Show

The revival of NYC is one of the most remarkable stories in urban history. Once a failing city that by 1990 had over 2,200 murders and 93,000 violent robberies annually, it went on to be the revitalised world capital. The change was not the result of broader social or economic forces. Instead, it was an intellectual paradigm shift and revolution that only came about because of political leadership, a new set of ideas about governing and established tradition being questioned and changed at the grassroot level. As the 400th anniversary of New York approaches in 2024, we find out what was behind the Fall and Rise of New York.