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Department
Geography
Course
GEO 793
Professor
Cynthia Mason
Semester
Fall

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Reconnecting the disconnected: The Politics of Infrastructure in the in-between city - A Politics of Infrastructure:  A growing awareness that “governing and experiencing the fabric of the city” involves political acts that produce and reproduce the infrastructures of urban regions  The “politicization of infrastructure” involves the understanding of how infrastructure policies and planning are linked to “the co-revolution of cities and technical networks in a global context”  Increase significance of these spaces today commands our attention in new and inevitable ways  The forgotten infrastructural polices of the in-between cities implies a de- colonization from the forces that built the glamour zones at both ends of its existence: the urban core and the classical suburb - New Patterns of (Sub)-urbanization:  The “In-Between City  Lack of infrastructure in the in-between city - More Canadians work in the suburban parts of metropolitan areas - Inner cities experience densification of office and condo developments, some of the most dynamic growth areas are literally in-between - Areas of aggressive expansion, for example around suburban York University in Toronto, where a New Urbanist styled “Village at York” has added 1000 units of residential space - The Jane-Finch district continues to lose both in economic standing and demographically - Metropolitan regions experience fast paced socio-spatial change, the political and administrative realities that govern them structured such that the concerns of these areas are literally marginalized - Linear nature of public transit and other networked infrastructure- which favour either mass concentration of jobs or housing or wealthy enclaves of economically or politically influenced users (industry, commerce, upper-middle class residents, etc.)- Predestines the place located between designated destinations to lie in a fallow land of unsatisfactory access - The techno-material bias is corroborated by the political decision-making processes that underlie technical allocations - Infrastructures that are built to connect centers actually disconnect those non-central spaces that lie in-between - The “in-between city” is a necessary precondition for creating more sustainable and socially just urban regions, and for designing a system of social and
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