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Lecture 3

GGRB05 Lecture 3 - Changing Metropolitan Landscapes

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Shaun Tanaka

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GGRB05 Lecture 3: Changing Metropolitan Landscapes (17 September 2013) Megacities – cities with at least 10 million people Million cities MDR – Medium density residential (many people on a small footprint of land) LDR – Low density residential (suburbs – less people, less homes) Cities: Post World War II - Cities that grew out of the labour force - Now moving away from industry – decline of industry (ex. Detroit) - People migrate elsewhere to innovation and technology - Services are not necessarily provided locally Time Space Compression - David Harvey - Accelerating idea of globalization - Creating links between people - Refers to the way the acceleration of economic activities leads to the destruction of special barriers and distances - Ex. A computer on Wall St. can transfer information to another computer and make money in seconds - Massey – we need to recognize ourselves as social beings Concentric Zone - The Burgess Model - Typical City (industrial) o A – Main (lowest economic standing) o B – Factories, industry, production, transitional area of residence o C – Low class residential o D – Medium class residential o E – High class residential (highest economic standing) Multiple Nuclei - Varied - Business grow closer to suburbs - Not downtown central - Less strong transportation system Los Angeles GGRB05 Lecture 3: Changing Metropolitan Landscapes (17 September 2013) - Postmodern Metropolis – you see affluent people, disparities of wealth, differences in race, religion - Highways – car dependent – sprawl, spreading to suburbs, longer commute between home and work - More organic of cities nowadays - Social disparities and inequalities - Police state – riots - Crazy wealth – celluloid version of Hollywood The Unwieldy Metropolis - Megalopolis – Like LA, but defined as high density site o Connecting towns and cities - Urban Fragmentation – process of metropolitan areas being split up o
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