By Doreen Massey

For the 1st time in background, 1/2 the worlds inhabitants resides in mega-cities. by no means sooner than have we faced this kind of geography of the worlds people.Analysing towns via spatial figuring out, urban Worlds explores how diverse worlds in the urban are introduced into shut proximity. The authors define new how you can tackle the ambiguities of towns: their promise and power, their difficulties and threats.

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Clearly not. Why? 1), individuals are freed from social obligations and ties and this allows them to become different people; • on the other hand, the concentration of different people in cities means that individuals can readily find others who are like them—and, in groups, they can produce areas of the city in their own image. 5). Here, there was a concentration of very different groups. Think about the different kinds of people in the area. Where did they live? Did they interact with one another or not?

Nothing, however, guaranteed Chicago’s development into a great metropolis. 8). Chicago, however, was only one of many paper cities, one of many dream cities in which fortunes were made and lost on the basis of optimistic transactions, where speculators effectively gambled on the prospect that a prosperous city would be built on land consisting of little more than mud and tall prairie grass. Nevertheless, Chicago did have more going for it than some other speculative cities. To begin with, it had one of the few harbours on the Great Lakes.

192) Wirth is describing encounters between people in cities as impersonal, superficial, transitory and segmental, while city-dwellers themselves are reserved, indifferent and blasé—and necessarily so. Part of the reason for this is the sheer number of people with whom city-dwellers have to interact: it is just not possible to get to know everyone. For Wirth, then, interactions within cities are characterized by a kind of superficiality and anonymity. So, is this a good thing or not? Wirth is ambivalent; he sees in this situation both a good side and a bad side: • on the one hand, because contacts are superficial and anonymous, individuals are released from any obligations or expectations that might arise from living within a tightly controlled community; • on the other hand, while urbanites are emancipated from traditions, ties and constraints, they also forfeit a sense of participation in communal life and sacrifice the capacity to relate to other people as if they were part of a community.

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