spatial justice

Incomplete streets?

From a just sustainabilities perspective, my interest in streets is in spatial justice (Spatial Justice on Södra Vägen) and how it can help in the democratization of streets (Democratizing streetscapes: Rethinking streets as public spaces). This democratization is demonstrated in the growing number of cities with successful road space reclamation and re-allocation schemes which favor pedestrians, cyclists and public transit. Such schemes are described by the increasingly prominent and related U.S. discourses of Complete Streets, [...]

By | 2012-05-11T14:56:59+00:00 May 11th, 2012|Just Sustainabilities|0 Comments

Inclusive or exclusive spaces?

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about public spaces and spatial justice (which "links together social justice and space"). Two books have greatly influenced my thinking on this. In his book, Convivial Urban Spaces (Earthscan 2008), Henry Shaftoe talks of  inclusive and exclusive urban spaces. Inclusive spaces he argues are the aim of “the New Urbanists, Urban Villagers and 24 Hour City people who want to ‘crowd out crime’ through mixed use and maximizing activity in public areas”. [...]

By | 2010-10-17T21:09:01+00:00 October 17th, 2010|Just Sustainabilities|2 Comments

Spatial justice on Södra Vägen

Sitting outside in the July sun at Frank's Coffee, on Södra Vägen in Göteborg, Sweden is very different from sitting outside in the sun at Simon's, on Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, US. OK, so the coffee's much better at Simon's, but in this blog entry, the coffee is not my main concern. I'm interested in the spatial dynamics of the street outside each cafe: Södra Vägen (South Street in English) and Massachusetts Avenue.  At Frank's [...]

By | 2010-09-12T17:32:47+00:00 September 12th, 2010|Just Sustainabilities|2 Comments