[Podcast] The Urban Growth Machine

A city and, more generally, any locality, is conceived as the areal expression of the interests of some land-based elite. Such an elite is seen to profit through the increasing intensification of the land use of the area in which its members hold a common interest. Conditions of community life are largely a consequence of the social, economic, and political forces embodied in this growth machine.

–Harvey Molotch in The City as a Growth Machine

In this episode, I discuss the urban growth machine, urban social movements, and environmentalism with renowned urban sociologist Harvey Molotch (Professor of Sociology and Metropolitan Studies, New York University). Dr. Molotch and Dr. Logan’s work on urban growth machines provides a very useful analytic tool to help us understand how cities develop, who is involved, and why cities are the way they are.

Dr. Harvey Molotch is the author of many books and articles, including Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place (with John Logan), Where Stuff Comes From: How Toasters, Toilets, Cars, Computers and Many Other Things Come to Be as They Are, and a co-edited (with Laura Noren) volume Toilet: Restrooms and the Politics of Sharing.

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