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With more than half the world's population having gravitated to urban environments and so much of this urbanization taking place in recent decades, it is little wonder that city landscapes across the globe are being transformed rapidly and dramatically. The form and character of these transformations are continuously reflected in urban scholarship from a variety of subdisciplines, through detailed case studies of particular cities and their comparisons, and also through a range of metaphors and conceptualizations variously heralding a postmodern urbanism, postmetropo-lis, 100-mile city, polycentric city, quartered city, and splintering urbanism, to name but a few. A key premise of these contributions is the contention that cities are becoming increasingly fragmented in terms of their physical, economic, social, and political shape, whether through the formation ...

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