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Technically TogetherReconstructing Community in a Networked World$
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Taylor Dotson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036382

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036382.001.0001

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Lessening the Obduracy of Networked Urbanity

Lessening the Obduracy of Networked Urbanity

(p.133) 7 Lessening the Obduracy of Networked Urbanity
Technically Together

Taylor Dotson

The MIT Press

This chapter outlines the constellation of economic, political, and cultural barriers to more communitarian urban spaces. The momentum of suburbia is shown to have as much to do with entrenched zoning rules and building codes, the mispricing of development charges and utility fees, and the lack of appropriate expertise among architects and planners as the sheer mass of already existing built form. Moving to more communitarian urban spaces will require ending the public subsidy of sprawl, changing the way mortgages are approved, ending the automatic provision of free parking, better supporting a range of more democratic urban development practices, among other changes. Finally, neighbourhood amenities, including third places, could be publicly supported and collectively governed.

Keywords:   Obduracy, Perverse incentives, Subsidies, Suburbia, Zoning, Codes, Third places, Democratic development

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