By Andy Merrifield

The New city Question is an exuberant and illuminating event via our present international city situation, tracing the connections among radical city thought and political activism.

From Haussmann's makes an attempt to exploit city making plans to rid 19th-century Paris of staff revolution to the modern city, together with city disaster-zones corresponding to downtown Detroit, Merrifield finds how the city event has been profoundly formed via category antagonism and been the battle-ground for conspiracies, revolts and social eruptions.

Going past the paintings of previous city theorists corresponding to Manuel Castells, Merrifield identifies the recent city query that has emerged and calls for pressing recognition, because the urban turns into a website of lively plunder by means of capital and the surroundings for brand new kinds of city fight, from Occupy to the Indignados.

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The former sees politics as engaging with the state as much as with capital, as subverting and re-appropriating state power, as demanding collective public goods, as rallying for relatively autonomous self-management of these public goods. For Harvey, the urban takes on a much broader 12. Jamie Peck, “Austerity Urbanism,” City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action, Vol. 16, No. 6, 2012, pp. 626–55. 25 Merrifield T02842 01 text 25 04/02/2014 09:42 The New Urban Question reach and more ambitious remit: it is an arena for larger intervention, an arena whereby the whole domain of the extended reproduction of capital needs to be contested.

Neo-Haussmannization is a global-urban strategy that has peripheralized millions of people everywhere to the extent that it makes no sense anymore to talk about these peoples being peripheral. As cities have exploded into mega-cities, and as urban centers—even in the poorest countries— have gotten de-centered, glitzy and internationalized, “Bonapartism” projects its urban tradition onto planetary space. What’s happening in Paris, then, is a revealing microcosm of a larger macrocosm. Paris is a cell-form of a bigger urban tissuing that’s constituted by a mosaic of centers and peripheries scattered all over the globe, a patchwork quilt of socio-spatial and racial apartheid that goes for Paris as for Palestine, for London as for Rio, for Johannesburg as for New York.

16, No. 6, 2012, pp. 626–55. 25 Merrifield T02842 01 text 25 04/02/2014 09:42 The New Urban Question reach and more ambitious remit: it is an arena for larger intervention, an arena whereby the whole domain of the extended reproduction of capital needs to be contested. Those flows of interest-bearing capital prop up the secondary circuit; they go frantically chasing rents in a global urbanization boom, in the global neo-Haussmannization that currently underwrites this urbanization boom. Interest-bearing capital helps create the fixed assets and the built environment that forms the physical manifestation of the city, the Spinozian attributes of the city.

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