The "Socialist Developer"

Greg O'Connell has been called that, for his community-developing strategies that helped transform Red Hook. His new target: the small town of Mount Morris in upstate New York.
March 22, 2011, 1pm PDT | Tim Halbur
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O'Connell started investing in Red Hook in 1982, and is now the largest landowner in the borough.

In the New York Times, Dwight Garner calls him "a gentrifier of a sort, albeit one who loathes most of what we've come to think of as gentrification."

"He's a longtime admirer of Jane Jacobs - he used to carry her classic book, "The Death and Life of Great American Cities," around like a talisman - and he learned from her and other urban planners."

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Published on Friday, March 18, 2011 in The New York Times
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