Right to the City

2010/01/22 § Leave a comment

In Hamburg, residents are taking matters into their own hands in the fight against gentrification.  Riding the wave of the Richard Florida manifesto that so many American cities have, the city’s officials are poised to carry out political and economic strategies to drive out the native blue-collar and lower incomes residents.  The abandoned buildings and generally gray conditions would be replaced with the shiny bright lights of amusement park urbanism, a term I like to use to describe the atmosphere where the wealthier, chosen ones play, and the unfortunates left to their own devices.

I don’t know why, but I feel this issue may come to a head  in the coming years, as groups come together to realize their own agendas, often in conflict with their cities’ plans.  Because cities will become more and more crowded, a huge and challenging enterprise will be to move away from consumption and towards resource-driven economies.  These newer forms of doing business could help groups like those mentioned above assume leadership positions and challenge political and spatial authority.

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