ENVS 2200 Study Guide - Final Guide: Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Golden Horseshoe, Urban Renewal
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Banff: Banff is a Canada‘s first National Park. Discussed by Catriona Sanilocks – Where the Mountain Men met the
Lesbian Rangers. It is important to understand Banff‘s place in urban history even though National Parks are
designed and perceived as separate from urban life. A tension has remained from its establishment between iconic
nature and a domestic nature. It is a romantic park shaped with heterosexual norms in mind, the belief that
homosexuality may be urban but is ‗unnatural‘ – does not belong in nature. Banff policing of the park was enforced
with heterosexuality in mind, but today various parks are contested spaces – used as cursing spaces for various
Stanley Park: is a huge urban park bordering downtown Vancouver. It is an example of what Jordan Stranger refers
to as ―municipal colonization.‖ The area traditionally was property of many indigenous tribes; the last of these was
the Squamish tribe. In 1888 it was deemed Park Land. In 1923 all the remaining inhabitants were evicted – living
indigenous people are replaced by folklore (ex. totem poles) to attract tourists. The city plan of 1928 sanctions and
justifies the dispossession of their land for properly and orderly planning – essentially, First Nations have no place in
Mont Royal: is a metropolitan park created in 1873 in the city of Montreal. It was designed systematically to
produce a contrast between the street grid (which dominated urban street design). Contrast between these ―natural
areas‖ and the city. Metropolitan parks are created for various reasons, such as: physical and moral health, mixing of
class, to create order, to raise property, and the like.
La Petite Ceinture: is a railway circling central Paris that was built in the mid 19th C to connect other tracks
extending to different provinces in France. Today it is abandoned, preserved by indecisions about its future. For
some it is a retreat from the city, for others it is their home – homeless culture. About a 1.5 kilometer path along rail
circuit presents an excellent case study for understanding the hybrid ecologies emerging in urban post-industrial
settings, the rest remains vacant aside from the garbage building up. We see an aesthetic commitment to
artifactualizing nature, and excluding marginalized people. Important because we be alert to ways that ecology can
be linked to forms of development that deepen social polarization and threaten low- and middle-income
neighborhoods and marginalized people.
Toronto Official Plan: is a mandate by provincial law adopted in 2002. It is produced by planners and passed by city
council. It aims to divide the city into different zones to determine where land use practices (residential, industrial,
recreational) can take place. The TOP claims to be a plan for everyone (balance and harmony), although investment
is meant to make Toronto a more competitive destination. Consequently, some people/investments are not a high
priority for the place (public housing tenants, the poor, low-income areas). This is important to understand the
various forces at work in municipal planning, when certain areas are cleaned up they become more attractive to
middle class groups.
The Junction: Kim Jackson gave a lecture speech on her home neighbourhood The Junction. She was discussing the
several phases of gentrification that occurred in The Junction. Originally the area was known as a bohemian area,
one that artists would invest much ‗sweat equity‘ into cheap real estate. Deindustrialization led to the decline of the
neighbourhood (manufacturing businesses moved out), the area was perceived as needing redevelopment. The area
becomes an investment strategy, marginalizing those who cannot or do not want to participate in landscapes of
capitalism in market driven societies. Important for us to understand gentrification as a newer process within a
lineage of class ad colonial war that takes place through the re-modeling of urban environment.
Shanghai: Reason they are believed to acquire and keep status of global city. Large-scale urban change is
transforming the area into a ‗globalizing island.‘ Specific kinds of pressure in these cities that are now driving
polices to demolish slum in these cities – additional set of procedures to do so. China: state-enforces shift from state-
socialism to capitalism. Creation of private property, mass privatization of public housing.
Bombay/Mumbai: Neoliberalism in India. An ongoing project of dispossessing farmers, tribal groups, slum dwellers.
Trying to get major cities to become the gateways to integrate Mumbai in the global world – Mumbai has been
selected to become the financial centre. The dispossession of land to make room for industrial/commercial industries.
The suburbanization and marginalization of more than 90% of the population. Massive land conversions to
transform large parts of Mumbai to make room for various social spaces that are amore profitable and connected to
the global city.
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Jane Jacobs: Jacobs is an urban studies activist well known for organizing grassroots efforts to protect existing
neighborhoods from "slum clearance"—and particularly for her opposition to Robert Moses in his plans to overhaul
her neighborhood. Her influential book The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) argued that urban
renewal did not respect the needs of most city-dwellers. Jacobs led ant modern planners against Robert Moses
proposal to build the Lower Manhattan Expressway. Leading critic of modern planning. The project finally collapsed
in 1971. Important to understand how politics and urban renewal gel and effect everyday social relations in search of
‗the common good.‘
Henri Lefebvre: is best known for pioneering the critique of everyday life in the city and for introducing the concepts
of the right to the city in his 1968 book. He wrote this book in an uprising context, trying to make sense of what was
happing in Paris at the time. At this time suburbanites (immigrant workers) took over various buildings and went on
a general strike, all of which converged into downtown Paris and battles with police. People suspended everyday life
to form new kinds of human r/s with each other. This is important b/c the distinction in which Lefebvre uses the term
in a revolutionary way and the way in that term is almost ‗fashionable‘ these days.
Urban Renewal: is a process of land renewal under the rubric of reconstruction. The redevelopment of large sections
of New York by Robert Moses throughout the mid 1900s was a notable and prominent example of urban
redevelopment. Moses directed the construction of new bridges, highways, housing projects, and so on. Moses was a
controversial figure, both for his single-minded zeal and for its social impact on New York City. Early urban
renewal projects were generally focused on slum clearance. Later examples promoted mass suburbanization (the
Flyover: Flyovers in Mumbai are very different than expressways in North America. Flyovers are elevated road
highways (and elevate pedestrian walkways – skywalks) across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region in India. Both
have become highly visible features of Mumbai‘s recent rapid urbanization. In his article Andrew Harris describes
how much of Mumbai is marginalized as infrastructure favours the automobile and most people cannot afford a car.
Historic Preservation: A typical urban social movement in modern urban life develops because of problems created
by urban development and growth orientation. Goal of these movements is to stop/moderate urban development
strategies. Historic preservation movements fall into this category, for example, the movement to preserve the Oak
Politics: The activities associated with the governance of an area.
The exercise of power through the state and in everyday social relations of class, gender, ‗race‘, sexuality. Politics is
about power in all parts of society, not just in government. The dynamics of conflict and compromise between
different interests and visions on what a city should be all about. E.g., the unequal impacts of Moses‘ projects –
social impacts he had on the grad scale are a form of politics. Politics and planning help to create urban landscapes
that connect human and non-human lives: they are not separate form ‗nature.‘
Landscape Ecology: Ann Zimmerman defines them as a new generation of natural science landscape architects –
professionals whose understanding of natural environments and desire for ecological sustainability compel them to
design and construct built environments in ways that protect and promote native vegetation and wildlife. They help
us to understand change in ecosystems and implications of human activities for that change.
Romantic Conceptions of Nature: have been adapted from British colonial culture, people were taught to see ‗nature‘
only as a pristine form untouched by human labour. As a feminized counterpart to man and industry. This nature is
to be controlled even as it is idolized; romantic conceptions of nature have shaped many urban forms. For example,
many urban landscapes are filled with many ‗symbols of nature,‘ such as, low-density green spaces. Also, romantic
urban parks are designed in a way for us to believe these spots are ‗natural‘ and picturesque enclaves as an escape
from the city
National Parks: Catriona Sandilands describes how the tourist values of National Parks lie in their status as post-
Confederation cultural icons, a place to visit to discover the heart of the country. In the late 1800s they were seen as
a place where wilderness has been conquered. NPs are in large part a piece of urban history, even though most are
designed as separate from the city – natural. For example, Banff (1887) is an example of a National Park in Canada.
Planners designed National Parks for the purposes of conservation and preservation, e.g., conservation of tourism,
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population health, and recreation, along with preservation of enclosed ‗nature.‘ She also argues that National Parks
are sites of gendered, racialized, and sexualized negotiations among national discourses, thus ‗preserving‘ national
parks as a site of Canadian heritage can be very controversial.
Landscape Architecture: Up until the early 1800s the history of landscape architecture was largely about planning
garden design for royal properties, government buildings, and the like. For instance, one of the properties planned
was the Palace of Versailles in France outside Paris. A lot of early planners were landscape architects – worked on
parks and urban landscapes. The sole purpose of landscape architecture was to regulate social behaviors. Designing
parks and park systems (work done by landscape architects) are key 19th C precursors of modern urban-regional
Ecological Restoration: Jennifer Foster describes ecological restoration as efforts undertaken to reclaim old
industrial, port, and railway lands and turn them into some sort of ‗park.‘ Some official purposes for pursuing this
was climate regulation, wildlife corridors, valorizing property, discouraging squatting and public space as regulator,
and tourism. Conflicts over the use and benefits of ecological restoration. Ecological restoration becomes a key force
in planning or creating parks in a context of deindustrialization / post-Fordism since the 1970s.
Heternormativity: is used by Blunt and Wills in their paper to describe how sexual practices and moralities based on
heterosexuality become the norm in Euro-American modernity and traditions. Most public space is shaped to serve
the purposes of those whose sexual orientations are heterosexual. An example of heternormativity can bee seen in
neighbourhood design for reproductive purposes - gravitate to the idea that everyone in the neighbourhood is going
to ‗settle down and have kids‘ (neighbourhood assumes sexuality revolves around production – e.g., playgrounds
Bathhouse riot: was discussed in the film Pride and Resistance that we watch in class. The Bathhouse riot refers to
the police violence in which they used liquor law infringements to raid bathhouses. Homosexual bathhouses are
commercial bathhouses (or saunas) where homosexual couples can have sex if they so please to do. In the early
1980s 4 bathhouses were raided in Toronto, this resulted in the arrest of almost 300 men and extreme backlash from
the gay and lesbian community.
Stonewall riot: The Stonewall riots in New York City were a series of demonstrations and riots by members of the
gay community against a police raid that took place at Stonewall Inn. The riots are widely considered to be the single
most important even leading to the gay liberation movement and social movement in the United States. Through this
queer cultures become visible and political, 2 main goals were rights for minorities and to liberation against
Regional Planning: is the regulation of uneven regional economic development within regions/nations. For instance,
various countries around the world developed strategies to deal with interregional imbalances. A narrow definition
would be the regulation of land use and where people do things & the regulating of the built environment of
development simply at the scale of a region as a whole. A broad definition would be the linking of the urban to
economic, social, and environmental planning in urban regions. Planning the non-human (importance of nature)
environment along with the urban. Relates to broader theme that regional planning in real life is full on
contradictions, planning can be a contest of alternative visions & fierce public debate.
Green Belt: The Green Belt and the Greater Golden Horseshoe is one method used for development control, it is a
belt of recreational parks, farmland or uncultivated land surround a town or city. In Ontario‘s Official Growth Plan
the Green Belt is an attempt to concentrate planning in a number of Growth Centres (Growth Plan). Non of these are
new towns, they are existing nodes where development is concentrates through municipal regulations (allowed to
exceed). Relates to broader theme that regional planning in real life is full on contradictions, planning can be a
contest of alternative visions & fierce public debate.
The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe: The Green Belt and the Greater Golden Horseshoe is one
method used for development control, it is a belt of recreational parks, farmland or uncultivated land surround a
town or city. In Ontario‘s Official Growth Plan the Green Belt is an attempt to concentrate planning in a number of
Growth Centres (Growth Plan). Non of these are new towns, they are existing nodes where development is
concentrates through municipal regulations (allowed to exceed). Relates to broader theme that regional planning in
real life is full on contradictions, planning can be a contest of alternative visions & fierce public debate.
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