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Bunker Hill, Los Angeles

  • Example of a postmodern city

    • Nearly all pedestrian linkages to the surrounding poor immigrant neighborhoods have been removed

    • Barrel shaped, ‘bum proof’ bus benches prevent homeless people from sleeping on them

    • Trashcans are designed to be ‘bag lady’ proof

      • Cannot be opened

    • Overhead sprinklers discourage overnight sleeping in public

    • Public toilets have been removed

Food for Thought

  • To what degree does your future involve living in an urban area?

    • Why? How easy do you think it will be?

  • Can you imagine a reversal of the trend of urbanization? What might bring this about?

  • Can you imagine new trends in the future of cities?

Summary

  • Urbanization is loosely equated with industrialization

  • Early models emphasized population competition as shaping both urban development and the urban experience

  • Recent work emphasizes the increased ‘commodification’ and stratification of urban areas with consequences for individual experience

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