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The Good City?
The Good City?
Ananya Roy

The project of the good city has long been the utopian dream of urban planners, philosophers of space and urban social movements. Indeed, the very idea of the city carries within it a set of normative meanings – for example, that of civitas– and thereby far exceeds any simple description of human settlement. It is in this way that the search for the good city has come to be inextricably linked with the sheer fact of urban life, such that to talk about cities is to also inevitably talk about the good city, about arrangements of space and time that restore hope and dignity to the human condition. This utopian dream has persisted across centuries and has proliferated ...

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