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Seeking Spatial Justice

Edward W. Soja


In 1996, the Los Angeles Bus Riders Union, a grassroots advocacy organization, won a historic legal victory against the city’s Metropolitan Transit Authority. The resulting consent decree forced the MTA for a period of ten years to essentially reorient the mass transit system to better serve the city’s poorest residents. A stunning reversal of conventional governance and planning in urban America, which almost always favors wealthier residents, this decision is also a concrete example of spatial justice in action. This book argues that justice has a geography and that the equitable distributio ... More

Keywords: Los Angeles, Bus Riders Union, Metropolitan Transit Authority, MTA, urban America, Henri Lefebvre, David Harvey, spatial justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780816666676
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816666676.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward W. Soja, author
Professor of Urban Planning