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Who Cleans the Park?: Public Work and Urban Governance in New York City

John Krinsky and Maud Simonet


For New Yorkers, the answer to the question “Who cleans your park?” is complex: Welfare-to-work trainees, volunteers, unionized city workers (working within or outside their official job descriptions), summer youth workers, workers for private, nonprofit parks “conservancies,” staff of companies working under contract, and people sentenced to community service all perform routine maintenance in parks. With public services no longer being provided primarily by public workers, the state and the nature of public work have to be reevaluated. Based on four years of fieldwork in New York City parks ... More

Keywords: New York City, parks, public sector, volunteers, workfare, public-private partnerships, nonprofits, neoliberalism, urban governance, citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226435442
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226435619.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Krinsky, author
City College of New York/City University Graduate Center

Maud Simonet, author
University of Paris Ouest Nanterre