Comment 106604

By RobF (registered) | Posted December 05, 2014 at 12:10:44 in reply to Comment 106594

What you are getting at has been been called the "suburbanization of the city". Even though I dislike the phrase, because I think it's a distortion and not overly helpful, it is an attempt to describe the perceived loss of urban character and diversity that people feel as older urban neighbourhoods experience super-gentrification, a process that has thus far occurred in a select few global cities (London and NYC, most prominently).

Sharon Zukin tries, with mixed-results, to write about it in her book "Naked City", which is about NYC's transformation under Giuliani and Bloomberg. She laments the same things you do. It's a complicated problem because it is a product of unresolvable tensions created by an aspirational culture, weakly acknowledged class divisions, and private property rights/self-interest.

Comment edited by RobF on 2014-12-05 12:11:33

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