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- sentences, double-spaced
part A: 3/5 concepts to define
- weekly themes
- e.g. urban culture, political ecology, historical patterns
- incorporate readings and lecture materials into answers
- focus on paraphrased definition
part B: 5/10 terms or examples to define and explain relevance
- how/why it's important
Urban Political Ecology
- cities are unnatural places
- local to global scaled resolutions to problems
- key concept in the study of human and urban geography since 1990s
- studies how pristine nature (trees, wildlife, water, soil, grasslands - geophysical locations)
is transformed through social decisions and practices in cities
- relationship between social (political, economic, cultural, everyday) decisions and
practices and changing natural landscapes
- how decisions come together to create new natural spaces in the community
socio-nature: intertwining of social and natural processes in the transformation of nature
- hybrid
- regarding the creation or building of the river - how it was regulated/located
cyborg urbanization: human insertions into or creation of natural spaces in cities - 'human
made nature'
- how nature is produced for own interest - nature serves as a function: relaxation, break,
atmosphere, recreation, balance between human & non-human nature, habitat for smaller
animals - how it is funded/ran
-- park spaces: universal access, gatherings, picnics, family reunions, horseback riding,
tennis, plays, etc (regulations for using several activities)
- urban natural landscape is always changing due to political decisions, economic interests,
and public needs and uses (social transformation of urban nature)
- decisions about the natural environment in cities are political - government & civil society
(people who use, want to protect)
Chicago River:
- green dye put into river on St. Patrick's Day
- food colouring is detrimental to water/environment
- happiness/celebration > negative impact onto rivers
- nature can be used for enjoyment (cyborg urbanization)
- redirected: drinking source - excrements polluted water
- towards another river away from the lake
Toronto Waterfront:
- Port Lands district of Toronto = manmade land (south of Front st.)
- rubble & drained soils
- created for industrial purposes to develop Toronto's industrial 'home'
- 1910s
Leslie Street Spit, Toronto [Tommy Thompson Park] (rubble dumped) through sprawl
development
- Toronto Regional Conservation Authority (TRCA) regulates/manages large pieces
of natural spaces
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Sentences, double-spaced part a: 3/5 concepts to define. E. g. urban culture, political ecology, historical patterns. Incorporate readings and lecture materials into answers. Focus on paraphrased definition part b: 5/10 terms or examples to define and explain relevance. Local to global scaled resolutions to problems. Key concept in the study of human and urban geography since 1990s. Studies how pristine nature (trees, wildlife, water, soil, grasslands - geophysical locations) is transformed through social decisions and practices in cities. Relationship between social (political, economic, cultural, everyday) decisions and practices and changing natural landscapes. How decisions come together to create new natural spaces in the community socio-nature: intertwining of social and natural processes in the transformation of nature. Regarding the creation or building of the river - how it was regulated/located cyborg urbanization: human insertions into or creation of natural spaces in cities - "human made nature"

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