David Harvey's essay "A View From Federal Hill," which originally appeared in The Baltimore Book and was later reprinted in Spaces of Capital, is one of the most influential texts to address the corporate redevelopment of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, and a model for reading the political economy of a city's skyline, especially where, as in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, a tourist-focused policy of capital accumulation through public financing was the order of the day.
For at least a decade a number of social movements have been reclaiming New York City’s public spaces: from the late 1990s Reclaim the Streets, to the Critical Mass(es), to the recent struggles against the rezoning of Williamsburg, Atlantic Yards, Coney Island in Brooklyn, and the privatization of Union Square, micro-initiatives and broad coalitions, tactical displacements and organized campaigns have opposed a vision of urban development driven only by corporate interests and real estate speculations.
This first part of this panel explores the theory and tactics used to navigate
the contradictory logic of `revitalization without displacement'
and divert a conventional economic planning project toward anti-
gentrification ends. The presentation will exhibit the strategy,
process, and results of a `revitalization plan' prepared for two
Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) in one of downtown
Toronto's last non-gentrified neighbourhoods. In preparing this
plan, we were asked to work within the structure of revitalization
planning for business-oriented clients: a limit placed on our
In nearly every major U.S. city, the displacement epidemic is destroying
The use of the creative class by capitalists in the urban environment.
Metropolitan Glide, Metropolitan Strike
Recent developments in post-workerist / autonomist thought have
focused on the city as a site production and resistance, in
particular as a locus of struggle precisely because of the becoming-
productive of the city: from the social factory to the factory-city,
the productive metropolis. To say that the metropolitan space has
become productive, in the same way that it has been argued that
all of life (social cooperation, communication, affects, creativity)