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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.

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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.

  • 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.

Housekeeping Items

Key Points:

  • 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.

Chapter 4 (cont’d)

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