Over three podcasts, we revisit the year’s critical urban discussions on topics and ideas ranging from transportation along Vancouver’s Broadway corridor, the degradation of work in postindustrial urban economies, gentrification in Vancouver’s Chinatown, feminist urban futures and social movements, the making of Stanley Park, arts and cultural spaces, and much more.
Part III (featuring Ellen Woodsworth)
The Tyee’s Jackie Wong discusses her recent series ‘Generation Rent’
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Jackie Wong discusses her recent series, Generation Rent: Two Cities, Two Directions, recently published by The Tyee. We discuss the differences and similarities between Vancouver and San Francisco – and we specifically explore how political attitudes towards renting and renters can shape cities in profound ways.
What are the differences between these two west coast cities? And what might we learn from our southern neighbour?
In the interview, Jackie Wong refers to an article by The New Yorker’s George Packer on Silicon Valley and San Francisco’s growing urban inequality. It is an illuminating piece and you can read it here.
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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