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ENVS 2200 Chapter 11: ENVS 2200 Reading Analysis # 2.docx

Environmental Studies
Course Code
ENVS 2200
Roger Keil

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ENVS 2200 Reading Summary and Analysis
Tutorial: Friday’s 12:30-1:30
This summary and analysis is on chapter 11 of implosions/explosions.
This reading discusses urbanization as a model and traces back its roots to when
civilization first started to theorize urbanism and the idea of being connected through
population density and interaction. The author describes urbanization as a “process in
ongoing global transformations”. This writing also takes into the account the transition
from the beginning of the industrial world and where we are today. We look at how
urbanization has changed with industrial factors, such as factories, production, location.
We have to question, is the industrial world a part of urbanization? Or is it a place we go
to just so we can work and make a living? Typically we have very densely populated
areas like downtown Toronto, and our factories and means of production are located on
the outskirts of the city zone, typically in other cities such as Mississauga, Brampton,
Scarborough, which are less congested and less populated, which make them ideal places
to build factories. However, this does create traffic (people travelling in and out of
Toronto for work – home), an issue we have been dealing with for years, and it is only
getting worse. The author talks about sociospatial transformations in the last 30 years and
they are:
1) the creation of new scales of urbanization – involves “urban galazies”, the idea
that urbanism is stretched beyond the borders of a specific region.
2) The blurring and rearticulation of urban areas – we put our most social institutions
and business downtown to create such an urban area for people to go to
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