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The City, RevisitedUrban Theory from Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York$
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Dennis R. Judd and Dick Simpson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665754

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665754.001.0001

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Theorizing the City

Theorizing the City

(p.3) 1 Theorizing the City
The City, Revisited

Dennis R. Judd

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the Chicago School, the L.A. School, and the New York School theories of urban change. The Chicago School of the 1920s offered an elegant theory of the city that fit comfortably within the gestalt of the time. The Chicago School scholars interpreted cities as constantly evolving organisms subject to the processes of growth and decay, interdependence, competition and cooperation, health, and disease. The L.A. School, which emerged in the late 1980s, asserts that urban regions have morphed from geographic landscapes revolving around a central nucleus into centerless, sprawled urban agglomerations inexorably enveloping everything in their path. Scholars identified with the New York School constitute a remarkably diverse lot hailing from different times and various disciplines. Nevertheless, they appear to draw from a common well: a unique urban culture that acted as a glue binding together the diverse neighborhoods of Manhattan and its boroughs. The chapter also considers the effects of globalization on cities.

Keywords:   urban change, urban development, cities, Chicago School, L.A. School, New York School, urban culture, globalization

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