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City user is a fancy label applied to an analytically based concept, elaborated for two reasons: (1) The inadequacy of the traditional urban analysis, largely based on resident populations, to cope with the accrued mobility of urban areas, and (2) the increased difficulty in explaining urban dynamics based on concepts requiring strong assumptions of collective rationality like all class-based analyses. Thus in 1993 I proposed to reintroduce the concept of populations in urban analysis.

Populations and Collective Rationality

Urban structures, in which we walk or ride every day, are already deeply different from the urban images we have in our mind and in our hearts. Thus there is urgency for a profound reconceptu-alization of the intellectual and empirical tools we need for the study of urban social ...

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