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Author Lederman, Jacob, author
Title Chasing world-class urbanism : global policy versus everyday survival in Buenos Aires / Jacob Lederman
Imprint Minneapolis, MN : University of Minnesota Press, [2020]
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  HT384.A682 B845 2020    AVAILABLE    30610020634606
Descript viii, 264 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
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Series Globalization and community ; volume 30
Globalization and community ; v. 30
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-247) and index
Introduction : a city in transition -- Turning to culture in times of crisis -- New objects of government innovation : heritage, culture, and tourism -- Becoming a historic center : the invention of San Telmo -- Best practice in a transnational discourse community -- Recentering the South : the creative, livable city -- The production of value in a tourist market -- Contested urban futures
"What makes some cities world class? Increasingly, that designation reflects the use of a toolkit of urban planning practices and policies that circulates around the globe. These strategies--establishing creative districts dedicated to technology and design, "greening" the streets, reinventing historic districts as tourist draws--were deployed to build a globally competitive Buenos Aires after its devastating 2001 economic crisis. In this richly drawn account, Jacob Lederman explores what those efforts teach us about fast-evolving changes in city planning practices and why so many local officials chase a nearly identical vision of world-class urbanism. Lederman explores the influence of Northern nongovernmental organizations and multilateral agencies on a prominent city of the global South. Using empirical data, keen observations, and interviews with people ranging from urban planners to street vendors he explores how transnational best practices actually affect the lives of city dwellers. His research also documents the forms of resistance enacted by everyday residents and the tendency of local institutions and social relations to undermine the top-down plans of officials. Most important, Lederman highlights the paradoxes of world-class urbanism: for instance, while the priorities identified by international agencies are expressed through nonmarket values such as sustainability, inclusion, and livability, local officials often use market-centric solutions to pursue them. Further, despite the progressive rhetoric used to describe urban planning goals, in most cases their result has been greater social, economic, and geographic stratification. Chasing World-Class Urbanism is a much-needed guide to the intersections of culture, ideology, and the realities of twenty-first-century life in a major Latin American city, one that illuminates the tension between technocratic aspirations and lived experience"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Globalization -- Argentina -- Buenos Aires
City and town life -- Argentina -- Buenos Aires
City planning -- Argentina -- Buenos Aires
Urbanization -- Argentina -- Buenos Aires
City and town life fast (OCoLC)fst00862081
City planning fast (OCoLC)fst00862177
Globalization fast (OCoLC)fst00943532
Urbanization fast (OCoLC)fst01162722
Argentina -- Buenos Aires fast (OCoLC)fst01205786
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