Cities

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All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity
Berman, Marshall
Book
1982
Berman examines the clash of classes, histories, and clutures in the modern world, and ponders our prospects for coming to terms with the relationship between a liberating social and philosophical ide...
The American Socialist Movement: 1897-1912
Kipnis, Ira
Book
1952
A history of the American Socialist Party, which at its height had over 150,000 dues-paying members, published hundreds of newspapers, and won almost a million votes for its presidential candidate.
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
Putnam, Robert D.
Book
2000
Bowling Alone documents the rise and fall of community activity in the twentieth century in the United States and the social changes this reflects. It offers all the evidence, the confirmatory and the...
The Canadian City
Gerecke, Kent
Book
1991
Based on the belief that a healthy city life is possible, this volume collects articles, stories and histories about the city and its people, covering aspects such as human and social relations, art a...
Cities and the Wealth of Nations: Principles of Economic Life
Jacobs, Jane
Book
1984
Jacobs argues that virtually all economic life, no matter how geographically remote from cities, depends on cities to maintain it or change it.
Cities for People
Chavez, Daniel
Article
1999
How two experiments in participatory democracy have transformed the political culture in Brazil and Uruguay.
Cities Need More Public Transit, Not More Uber and Self-Driving Cars
Cashman, Kevin
Article
2016
In the near future, it is likely that cities will come under intense pressure to sacrifice public transportation in favor of new, private, car-dependent alternatives, even at a time when city planners...
The City and Radical Social Change
Roussopoulos, Dimitrios
Book
1982
A collection of essays dealing with the dynamics of the new forces for social change in our urban milieu, discussing how new ideas are contributing to an urban insurgency which could lead to a new cit...
Communitas: Means of Livelihood and Ways of Life
Goodman, Paul & Percival
Book
1947
Visions of urban life.
Connexions Library: Community & Urban Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on community and urban issues.
Continuous Excursions: Politics and Personal Life
Colman, Marshall
Book
1982
Colman looks at the idea that 'the personal is political'. He looks at personal life in pre-capitalist societies, the nature of politics and social relations, patriarchy and sexual relations, intimacy...
Dark Age Ahead
Jacobs, Jane
Book
2004
A dark age is a culture's dead end. Jacobs argues that our society is facing the coming of a dark age.
The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Jacobs, Jane
Book
1961
Jacobs' iconoclastic and brilliant observations on why cities work, and why they don't.
Democracy Against Capitalism
Wood, Ellen Meiksins
Book
1995
Wood provides a brilliant explication and defense of the key theoretical concepts relevant to socialism, understood to be the most radical social and economic democracy.
The Economy of Cities
Jacobs, Jane
Book
1970
Ideas about what makes cities rich or poor, how cities grow, and how city growth affects national economies.
A Green City Program: For San Francisco Bay Area Cities & Towns
Berg, Peter; Magilavy, Beryl, Zuckerman, Seth
Book
1989
Ideas for green, sustainable cities.
Green Municipalism
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1991
A green municipalist analysis offers valuable perspectives but can become a straightjacket if it is seen as 'the' answer.
The Greening of the Cities
Nicholson-Lord, David
Book
1987
Home!: A Bioregional Reader
Andruss, Van, Plant, Christopher, Plant, Judith, Wright, Eleanor
Book
1990
A guide to the vision and strategy of bioregionalism.
Jacobs, Jane: Connexipedia Article
Article
Author, urban advocate, economist, ecologist, and philosopher. (1916-2006).
The Latin American City
Gilbert, Alan
Book
Looks at the region's urban explosion from the perspective of the poor.
Liberal Dreams and Nature's Limits: Great Cities of North America Since 1600
Lemon, James T.
Book
1996
An exploration of city life through time, focusing on the life [economically, socially, politically, etc.] of five large North American cities at various times in the past - Philadelphia during the ti...
Local Places In the Age of the Global City
Keil, Roger, Wekerle, Gerda R., Bell, David V.J. (eds.)
Book
1996
The contributors to Local Places look at the complex social, economic and political contexts of cities in the 1990s and suggest that cities and urbanity, while part of the problem, also need to be con...
Man's Worldly Goods: The Story of the Wealth of Nations
Huberman, Leo
Book
1936
Huberman sets out to explain history using economic theory, and to explain economic theory using history. He tries to explain, in terms of the development of economic thought, why certain doctrines ar...
Nature of Economies
Jacobs, Jane
Book
2000
Jacobs argues that since human beings exist wholly within nature as part of natural order in every respect, we should look to the processes of nature for vibrant and flexible models of economic planni...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - November 7, 2016: Depression and Joy
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
It’s a difficult thing to measure, but there are strong reasons for believing that the number of people struggling with depression has increased significantly in recent decades. Despite the evidence t...
The Politics of Urban Liberation
Schecter, Stephen
Book
1978
A broad-ranging study which covers the political economy of the urban question and the importance of the city in the history of social revolution. Schechter's evaluation of libertarian insurgency high...
Radical Digressions 2
Diemer, Ulli
Website
1981
Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution
Harvey, David
Book
2012
Harvey places cities at the centre of an anti-capitalist resistance, asking how they might be reorganized in more socially just and ecologically sustainable ways.
Reclaiming Our Cities & Towns: Better Living with Less Traffic
Engwicht, David
Book
1993
Cars destroy the environment; people should embrace alternative modes of transportation like bycycling and walking to make urban areas safer and enviromentally sound.
Red Bologna
Jaggi, Max
Book
1977
Examines the Communist administration of the city of Bologna.
Restless Cities
Beaumont, Matthew; Dart, Gregory
Book
2011
A collection of narratives and visual art that strive to capture the essence of life in the city. For the author, the urban dweller is a wanderer, a people watcher, a daydreamer attuned by virtue of h...
Seven News
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1970
Seven News (7 News) was a community newspaper published in the area of Toronto east of downtown which at the time was known as Ward 7. Seven News was published from 1970 to 1985. Seven News is no long...
The Seventh Fire: The Struggle for Aboriginal Government
Smith, Dan
Book
1993
Describes the struggles of aboriginal people to run their own affairs.
The Shape of the City: Toronto Struggles with Modern Planning
Sewell, John
Book
1993
John Sewell traces in urban planning from pre-Depression garden cities to postwar modernism and a revival of interest in the streetscape grid.
Up Against City Hall
Sewell, John
Book
1972
John Sewell describes his early life and explains how he accidentally got involved in politics. He tells of his experiences in Trefann Court, and how this opened his eyes to the realities of civic pol...
Worldchanging: A User's Guide to the 21st Century: A User's Guide for the 21st Century
Steffen, Alex ed
Book
2007
A User's Guide to the 21st Century is a compendium of everything a generation of environmental activists has to offer.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Bureau of Public Secrets
Articles from a Situationist perspective.
New Internationalist
New Internationalist reports on issues of world poverty and inequality. We focus attention on the unjust relationship between the powerful and the powerless worldwide in the fight for global justice.
Workers Solidarity Alliance
Workers Solidarity Alliance is an anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian organization of activists who believe that working people can build a new society and a better world based on the principles of so...

Sources Library

The City in History
Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects
Mumford, Lewis
1961
Beginning with an interpretation of the origin and nature of the city, Mumford follows the city's development from Egypt and Mesopotamia through Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages to the modern world.

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New Internationalist
Serial Publication (Periodical)
New Internationalist reports on issues of world poverty and inequality. We focus attention on the unjust relationship between the powerful and the powerless worldwide in the fight for global justice.
Toronto Public Space Committee
Organization profile published 2007
Organization
We are dedicated to protecting our shared common spaces from commercial influence and privatisation.

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