City Worlds (Understanding Cities (London, England).) by Doreen Massey

By Doreen Massey

For the 1st time in historical past, half the worlds inhabitants resides in mega-cities. by no means ahead of have we faced this sort of geography of the worlds people.Analysing towns via spatial figuring out, urban Worlds explores how varied worlds in the urban are introduced into shut proximity. The authors define new how one can handle the ambiguities of towns: their promise and strength, their difficulties and threats.

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L59) CITY WORLDS 31 Chicago became the point of contact and overlap between geographies of wood, food and equipment, of people and money, of government and the regulation of trade, and of railways and waterways. 164). These commodity flows were of different kinds—not just wood, but also grain and pigs—and each had their own effects on the city’s physical form: as timber-yards, huge grain-silos, timbermills, meat-packing companies and factories for agricultural and forestry machinery sprang up. 6l).

In the towns, wood was used to make sidewalks. Meanwhile, railroad and shipping companies used wood in the construction of tracks, rollingstock and ships. Across the Mid West lumber was in demand. Though the white pine was ideal material—because of its strength, plasticity and buoyancy—the forests were hundreds of miles to the north and west of the prairies. Somehow the trees had to travel. They were cut down and turned into logs. 11). While lumber travelled through Chicago to the Mid West, foodstuffs made the return trip: from the farms of the Mid West, through Chicago, to the forests.

For Burgess, these concentric zones were universal features of all cities (and not just Chicago). He argued that each zone had a specific character: • Zone I represents the central business district; in Chicago this area is called ‘The Loop’. • Beyond Zone I is a zone in transition. Zone II is occupied by the poor, living in slum conditions. However, this area is ‘invaded by business and light manufacture’, as represented by the dotted line that marks the factory zone. This invasion by factories causes a displacement of the poor residents into outer zones.

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