Our next conference will take place at the Westin Cleveland Downtown, in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 26-29, 2017! Further details and the Call for Papers to come…
The Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) was founded in 1986. The organization promotes scholarship on the planning of cities and metropolitan regions over time, and bridges the gap between the study of cities and the practice of urban planning.
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African American history transforms urban history. Can urban history transform economic history? #AmericanEconomy ... See MoreSee Less
When I understood how real estate financing worked to transform municipal zoning in the last seventy years, the failures of social justice movements became immediately apparent. The U.S. Constitution protected property more aggressively than it protected individual rights to life and liberty. Suburban Erasure was just one aspect of a massive, conceptual problem in democratic capitalism. The enormous rage that fueled both the Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump campaigns is a product of this contradiction. Next month, I will launch a new site to expose the depth of our structured inequity. For now, I hope you will learn more about the Urban History Association and the Society for American City and Regional Planning History. There is a great conference in Chicago next week, and I will present some of my initial evidence at a roundtable titled "Racism in Economic History."
My latest blog post calling into the question the idea of a "suburban vote."
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A small group of faculty from various universities and departments are interested in collaborating on urban research of all kinds. In that spirit, we are organizing a speaker series for this year. Our first speaker is coming next week, Thursday, October 6, from 2:30-3:30pm. All interested scholars are cordially invited.
OCTOBER 6 – THURSDAY
Lindsey Dillion, Sociology, UCSC: “Equality in the Air We Breathe: Police Violence, Pollution, and the Politics of Urban Sustainability"
Galbraith Room 4025 HSS, UCSD.
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Description of the Southern California Urbanists Group
THEME FOR AY 2016-17: RETHINKING RIGHT TO THE CITY
Cities and urban centers are much more than backdrop for the myriad struggles to build a more just society. The built form has played an active role in shaping how leaders envision better futures. Buildings, roads, houses, and public squares have very concretely made or blocked opportunities for communal engagement, and seemingly inert built form has set limits on how people claim physical space. At the same time, no building or road builds itself; no planner has been able to guarantee the meaning and use of a public space. In all of the major conurbations of the twentieth century, individuals and groups – whether publicly or privately – have fought to control and implement their visions of ideal urban design, arguing over what will be built and what will be torn down, how spaces will be used and infused with meaning, and what boundaries will be drawn, where.
Cities demand scrutiny as complex, historical texts, then, and any attempt to understand urban movements requires the methods and insights of multiple disciplines. This working group focuses on precisely these sorts of interdisciplinary discussions about Right to the City movements. In particular, we are interested in interrogating the historical evolution of such movements in the Americas in the twentieth century. The concept of a “right to the city” is often traced to Henri Lefebvre’s Le Droit à la ville (1968), but we propose a larger reading of the concept. Lefebvre’s radical, anticapitalist call for a universal right to participation and appropriation is certainly an important contribution, but Lefebvre’s writings are also but one of many in a growing literature centered around questions of ownership (Who owns the city?), power (Who decides what urbanism means?), and spatiality (How do economic, political, and social struggles situate themselves in urban landscapes?). We will bring together scholars interested in discussing these questions in an interdisciplinary forum. ... See MoreSee Less
Lindsey DILLON, "Equality in the Air We Breathe"
October 6, 2016, 2:30pm - October 6, 2016, 6:30pm
Please join us for our first guest speaker in the series. Lindsey Dillon, Assistant Professor of Sociology at UCSC, will be giving a talk: "Equality in the Air We Breathe: Police Violence, Pollution, and the Politics of Urban Sustainability."