Saturday, February 11, 2012
How the Occupy Movement Challenged The Existing Model of Local Governance
I hope Matt will forgive me for moonlighting, but The Atlantic Cities blog (a great resource I have blogged about before) invited me to write a guest blog post about how the Occupy protests challenged the predominant model of urban government. You can check it out here. My basic thesis is:
The Occupy movement challenged cities’ attachment to mobile capital by making place central to its worldview. In establishing flimsy tent-cities in actual urban spaces and refusing to leave, the Occupy protests mocked the idea of mobility peddled by urban officials. More than that, they implicitly advocated the notion that urban areas are places bound up with the identity of local communities, rather than disposable products in a global marketplace.
Ken--congrats on the great guest post with the awesome Atlantic Cities blog, and as long as they keep listing you as a Land Use Prof Blogger (with link!), moonlight away!
Posted by: Matt Festa | Feb 20, 2012 8:18:27 PM