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.
Two Stories …
El Faro de Colуn
In October 1992, as part of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of Columbus's arrival in the Americas, the Faro de Colón (Columbus's Lighthouse) opened in the eastern part of the city of Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic. It is a severe structure that, observed from the ground, does not look like a lighthouse, but like a set of 150ft-tall walls. From above – presumably the perspective of God and Columbus in the heavens – it is an 800ft-long cross capable of projecting enough light into the sky to make it visible throughout the Caribbean.
The building of the lighthouse can be told as a story of: the mass evictions from the neighbourhood of ...