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Global CitiesUrban Environments in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and China$
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Robert Gottlieb and Simon Ng

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035910

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035910.001.0001

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Spaces of the City

Spaces of the City

(p.205) 7 Spaces of the City
Global Cities

Robert Gottlieb

Simon Ng

The MIT Press

The chapter analyzes and compares the different uses of urban space – whether public space, open space, or privatized space -- in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and China. It contrasts the modernist spatial strategies that cater to the automobile and traffic flow and the desire for speed with an alternative view about a more walkable, bikeable, and transit friendly urban environment. It compares the immigrant and different ethnic experiences – a Latino immigrant urbanism in Los Angeles, elderly women dancing in the streets of the city in China, or the immigrant communities constructed in the village-in-the-city enclaves in places like Shenzhen and Guangzhou. It describes the rise of the gated communities in all three places in contrast to the growing advocacy around the right to the city for everyone.

Keywords:   Villages-in-the-city, open space, public spaces, privatized spaces, gated communities, Latino new urbanism, dancing grannies, water spaces, Occupy L.A, Occupy Central

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