Jamie Peck discusses neoliberal urbanism and the creative city paradigm
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What does it mean to say that cities like Vancouver have taken a “neoliberal” turn, embracing market-oriented policies while paying little more than lip service to questions of social welfare, affordability, and environmental sustainability? Does the embrace of “creativity” really hold the promise of an alternative path, or does it threaten more of the same? Exploring these questions, Jamie Peck charts the rise of the neoliberal city, calling attention to its mutations, its limits, and to its alternatives.
Jamie Peck is Canada Research Chair in Urban & Regional Political Economy and Professor of Geography at UBC. An economic geographer with interests in labour studies, urban theory, and the politics of globalization, his publications include Constructions of Neoliberal Reason and the co-edited collection, Contesting Neoliberalism: Urban Frontiers.
This talk is part of the Spaces of Contestation: Art, Activism and the City Speaker Series, part of the project Collective Walks – Spaces of Contestation, curated by Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte, and was recorded on November 12, 2013 in Vancouver.
The first half of the 21st century is anticipated to be a period of continuing large-scale urbanization in the developing world, with much of this occurring in Asian countries, especially China and India. This fundamental, on-going change in Asia presents, on the one hand, prospects for economic prosperity, new visions of an urban future and the potential for local democratization, and on the other, challenges of increasing economic and social inequities, increased resource consumption and environmental degradation. Underlying all these problems and possibilities are fundamental research challenges for scholars to consider.
On February 27, 2013, urban scholar John Friedmann (UBC School of Community and Regional Planning) reflected on the broad topic of urbanization in Asia, highlighting issues of environmental degradation, socioeconomic inequality, and local democracy.
The talk was hosted by the Liu Institute’s Comparative Urban Studies Network, in partnership with the Institute of Asian Research Asian Urbanisms Cluster.
UBC geography professor David Ley and geographer Nicholas Lynch co-authored a recent study, Divisions and Disparities in Lotus Land: Socio-Spatial Income Polarization in Greater Vancouver, 1970-2005. Nicholas Lynch presents the worrisome findings of the study, as we see an increasingly divided Vancouver and a disappearing middle class. He discusses the social geography of polarization across the region, the implications, and possible policy solutions.
You can find the April 24th podcast here, and don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast and have it download to iTunes or your podcatcher automatically. In the first half of the show, Ivan Drury discusses the City of Vancouver’s Development Permit Board’s approval of the Sequel 138 condo project on the Pantages Theatre site (which was recently demolished and you can find photos here) and what this project means for gentrification in the Downtown Eastside. Details of the application are available here, and please note that they are provided by the developer. You can also see a letter signed by 30 academics (many specializing in gentrification and urban studies) in opposition to the development below this post. In the second half of the show, Iain Marjoribanks shares recent research on the effect of urban soundscapes on children’s health, contrasting the False Creek South and Marpole neighbourhoods.
- Ivan Drury, Carnegie Community Action Project
- Iain Marjoribanks, UBC Geography
Many professors, primarily from the UBC and SFU Geography Departments, have spoken out against the proposed Sequel 138 condo development in the heart of the Downtown Eastside on the Pantages Theatre site at East Hastings and Main Street. They are expressing serious concerns over how this development will continue to gentrify the neighbourhood and put upward pressure on rents and ultimately push low-income residents out.