This textbook of essays by leading critical urbanists is a compelling introduction to an important field of study; it interrogates contemporary conflicts and contradictions inherent in the social experience of living in cities that are undergoing neoliberal restructuring, and grapples with profound questions and challenging policy considerations about diversity, equity, and justice. A stimulant to debate in any undergraduate urban studies classroom, this book will inspire a new generation of urban social scholars.

Dis/Order and the Regulation of Urban Space

Dis/Order and the Regulation of Urban Space

Dis/Order and the Regulation of Urban Space
Steve HerbertTiffany Grobelski


If you visit Seattle as a tourist, there is a good chance you will make your way to Pioneer Square. The area is on the National Register of Historical Places, a testament to both its centrality to Seattle history and its well-preserved architecture, much of which dates to the late 1800s. The Pioneer Square area was important to the American Indians who lived there prior to Anglo-European settlement (Thrush, 2008) and served as the economic hub of the city in its early industrial development. Today, it lies just to the south of the financial district with its towering skyscrapers, and just to the north of two large sports stadiums.

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