GEOG 340: Day 6. Chapter 4. Reminder that I will be away next week. Think I asked for a volunteer to help stage manage in my absence. Will talk to that person after class.
GEOG 340: Day 6
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Reminder that I will be away next week. Think I asked for a volunteer to help stage manage in my absence. Will talk to that person after class.
I have in place of class on Tuesday an exercise for you to do on your own time, which I will hand out, for Thursday I hope to have a local developer come in. Failing that, you will see a film about the redevelopment of Shanghai or ‘Requiem for Detroit?’ – your choice.
Today, I will talk about a few points in Chapter 4, make time for Ashley, and then offer you a couple of video selections, in addition to a short one. The focus for next week is Chapter 8.
During the period from 1945 on, and especially after 1970, we see the emergence of the multi-nucleated city or urban region as opposed one dominated by the CBD. Can you think of examples.
With “white flight” in the U.S. and deindustrialization, many city regions were likened to “donut holes”. Central city abandonment was never as pronounced in Canada.
Pp. 96-99 describe some of the important demographic and social changes that affected cities from the ‘60s on.
The oil price shock of the mid-70s, along with growing economic competition from newly industrializing countries (NICs).
Chapter 4 (cont’d)
Globalization and de-industrialization caused a re-sorting the cities’ roles and status. Some cities strengthened their as or became global cities.
As the economy in developed countries became more oriented around the service and knowledge sectors, central cities (especially in Canada) became gentrified to accommodate professionals and rich immigrants.
More attention was paid to urban and environmental amenities.
Cities, such as Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal became incredibly multicultural. Traditional immigrant groups – from Europe – gave way to Asians and Latin Americans.
After 1970, for a variety of reasons, developed economies began dealing with recession and stagflation and declining real incomes.
Edge cities became prominent, and many suburban areas – in the U.S. especially – suffered collapse because of the mortgage crisis.
Cities increasingly began to compete with each other for mega-businesses and megaprojects.