City Worlds (Understanding Cities (London, England).) by Doreen Massey

By Doreen Massey

For the 1st time in historical past, half the worlds inhabitants resides in mega-cities. by no means prior to have we faced this type of geography of the worlds people.Analysing towns via spatial knowing, urban Worlds explores how diverse worlds in the urban are introduced into shut proximity. The authors define new how you can deal with the ambiguities of towns: their promise and capability, their difficulties and threats.

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Within the city, a quite remarkable plan was adopted. 55–63). So, from 1848 onwards, the street levels were raised between 4 and 14 feet. In some cases, large buildings were lifted by physical force to their new street level or moved, intact, to alternative locations! Imagine seeing an office-block inching its way down the street, carefully (and fearfully) attended by hundreds of construction workers! It took about twenty years, but eventually it became possible to move around the city at any time of year.

Chicago’s growth accelerated both because flows of commodities, people and information, were concentrated on it, and also because these lines of communication were extended further and further into America’s Great West. It was not so much that farmers and traders wanted to go to Chicago, it was just that they had little choice: this is where the trains took them; this is where they would get reliable information on the price, demand and availability of commodities, whether selling or buying; this is where the excitement was; this is where they could hear the latest news, see the latest fashions; but here, too, were ever-present dangers, the vices, the tricksters, the possibility of getting lost or trapped or…worse.

If Mumford is right to think of a city as a geographic plexus, then, for me, this Chicago barely qualifies—or, at least, it qualifies only at certain times of the year. Unless Chicago could extend its transport networks to draw in goods from a wider area, it could not grow; nor could it grow if people within the city could not move around. Neither the city’s streets, nor the roads than linked Chicago to its hinterland, were good enough. The speculators still dreamt of the city’s greatness (and the profits they would reap on rising land prices), so solutions were sought in new transport technologies.

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