NYU economist William Easterly goes hyperlocal—focusing on 486 feet of Greene Street between Houston and Prince Streets in SoHo—to explore cycles of development and decline over 400 years of New York City history. In tracing a single block's series of reincarnations as a red light district, the center of the garment boom, an artists' haven, and finally a luxury strip, he celebrates the role of individual citizens and entrepreneurs in charting the economic destiny of their neighborhood. Explore more of Easterly's Greene Street Project: A Long History of a Short Block through its interactive, multimedia website