‘Smart Cities’ Should Mean ‘Sharing Cities’
When mayors and developers focus on technology rather than people, smart quickly becomes stupid, threatening to exacerbate inequality and undermine the social cooperation essential to successful cities.These days every city…Read More
Moving Beyond the Sharing Economy: The Case for ‘Sharing Cities’.
What can be bad about an economy that’s called ‘sharing’? Sharing is the antithesis of our current dog-eat-dog economy right? With a booming global population and mass-migration to cities, surely…Read More
Storying institutions: Understanding why things are as they are.
Stories are everywhere. We tell stories about who we are, stories about other people and stories about our past. We read stories and watch them on our screens. We even…Read More
Moving the Field of Food Justice Forward Through the Lens of Urban Political Ecology
Food justice has emerged as a powerful social movement across the USA as well as an increasingly studied academic concept. In many circumstances, the food justice movement operates to reject the neoliberal mechanisms that…Read More
Rooted. Stories, recipes, and traditions from the Dudley Street neighborhood
One of the many rewards of working in a university is the pleasure that I get from fabulous work by my students. Emma Scudder, a Senior at Tufts University, developed ‘Rooted’…Read More
Incomplete streets: Processes, practices and possibilities.
The ‘Complete Streets’ concept and movement in urban planning and policy has been hailed by many as a revolution that aims to challenge the auto-normative paradigm by reversing the broader…Read More
Entering cosmopolis: Crossingover, hybridity, conciliation and the Intercultural City Ecosystem
Before I answer the question: “How is nature critical to a twenty-first century urban ethic?” I first need to ask the more fundamental question: “What is nature and how is…Read More
Farewell Madiba. You ‘belong to the ages’
I cannot even begin to fully assess the influence of Nelson Mandela on my life. From first hearing his name as a teenager to fighting against apartheid through disinvestment campaigns…Read More
We are in a spatial moment…..
We are in a spatial moment. Around the world, there has never been a time when the role and possibilities of public spaces including our most commonly used space, the…Read More
Sharing cities: Reinventing and reviving sharing to enhance equity, rebuild community and cut resource use.
Introduction A reinvention and revival of sharing in our cities could enhance equity, rebuild community and dramatically cut resource use. With modern technologies the intersection of urban space and cyber-space…Read More