Lynne B. Sagalyn to Speak "Of Money and Manhattan: Perspectives on the New York Real Estate Market" at the Columbia New York Business History Forum
NEW YORK, October 29, 2010 –

The inaugural speaker of the Columbia New York Business History Forum will be Lynne B. Sagalyn, Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor of Real Estate and Director of the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate at Columbia Business School. Professor Sagalyn will present "Of Money and Manhattan: Perspectives on the New York Real Estate Market." The talk and a reception immediately following are on Wednesday, November 3rd, at 6:00 p.m., in Butler Library, room 523.

At the end of his life, John Jacob Astor, America's first millionaire, reportedly said, "If I could live all over again, I would buy every square inch of Manhattan." Professor Sagalyn will discuss how crucial the high stakes, contact sport of real estate development has been to the city. At the root of this story is the changing landscape of real estate power—power among a diverse, fragmented market of big players and smaller owners; and power amid an island mentality of limited land. Sagalyn will also discuss land assembly and the creation of land value by regulatory action and market dynamics.

An expert in real estate development and finance, Professor Sagalyn has published extensively on a broad range of issues in the fields of real estate, urban development, and public/private partnerships. She is widely known for her research on public/private partnerships and city building. Her recent work includes Times Square Roulette: Remaking the City Icon (MIT Press, 2001) and essays addressing the politics of rebuilding the World Trade Center site, the political fabric of design competitions, and the politics of the Kelo backlash. Her current projects include a book of on the politics of rebuilding of the World Trade Center (supported by the Russell Sage Foundation), a book on public/private development (to be published by the Urban Land Institute) and research on the media and urban issues.

The Business History Forum is co-sponsored by the Columbia Business School, the Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History, and the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The Forum features speakers who address the past, present and future of industries that have been and, in many cases, continue to be important to the development of New York City, including accounting; finance; law; media; real estate/development; theater; and trade. It brings together academic experts, industry practitioners, students, and the public.

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