Urban Affairs

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Abahlali baseMjondolo: Connexipedia Article
Article
A shack-dwellers' movement in South Africa.
Berman, Marshall: Connexipedia Article
Article
American philosopher and Marxist Humanist writer. (Born 1940).
Bookchin, Murray: Connexipedia Article
Article
American libertarian socialist-anarchist, political and social philosopher, environmentalist, conservationist, atheist, speaker, and writer. (1921-2006).
The Capitalist City or the Self-Managed City?
Wetzel, Tom
Article
2004
The opposite of gentrification should not be decay and abandonment but the democratization of housing. Community land trusts may be a way of working towards this goal.
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.
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...
City for Sale
Aubin, Hengy
Book
...
Connexions Library: Community & Urban Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on community and urban issues.
Dialectical Urbanism: Social Struggles and the Capitalist City
Merrifield, Andy
Book
Life in the city can be both liberating and oppressive.This book explores both sides of the urban experience, developing a perspective from which the contradictory nature of the politics of the city c...
Goodman, Paul: Connexipedia Article
Article
American sociologist, poet, writer, anarchist, social critic, and public intellectual. (1911-1972).
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.
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.
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...
Organizing Around Transit: At the Intersection of Environmental Justice and Class Struggle
Wetzel, Tom
Article
2011
For the older big cities in North America, public transit is critical to their daily functioning. Organizing among workers and riders on public transit has a strategic importance.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - March 18, 2017: Public Transit
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Public transit – good affordable public transit – is key to a liveable city. Around the world, there are movements of transit riders fighting for better public transit. A key perspective guiding many...
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...
Principles governing municipal/provincial financial relationships
Article
1997
In past decades, provincial governments have generally recognized the separate nature of local government and have not acted unilaterally in the field of financial relationships, but have attempted to...
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 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.
Strategies for Urban Socialism
Schecter, Stephen
Book
...
Take Back the Land
Rameau, Max
Article
2009
It is immoral for human beings to be forced to live on the streets while perfectly good structures stand vacant, sometimes just blocks away.
Take Back The Land, Give Root To Democracy: Book Review by Alex Knight
Knight, Alex
Article
2010
In many ways, Take Back the Land is a direct heir of the bottom-up, Black self-empowerment, civil disobedient, movement-building tradition, and is one of the most inspiring examples of a group renewin...
Theses on Libertarian Municipalism
Bookchin, Murray
Article
1984
These theses advance the view that a libertarian municipalism is possible and a new civic politics is definable as a dual power that can counterpose assembly and confederal forms to the centralized St...
Towns for People
Worpole, Ken
Book
1992
Examines the pressures, lifestyle changes, and social factors that contributed to the decline in urban public life in the late 20th century.
Urban Citizen Movements: Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia
Higgins, Donald
Article
Community groups that are often organized around concerns about land use and the way planning decisions are made in local government.
The Urban Question and Organizing
Shragg, Eric and Drover, Glenn
Book
1979
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Seven News
A community newspaper based in the 'Ward 7' area of Toronto: east of downtown, from Sherbourne Street to Logan Avenue, including Don Vale, Cabbagetown, Regent Park, Riverdale, St. Jamestown. Seven New...
Vancouver Co-operative Radio
Vancouver Co-operative Radio, CFRO, 100.5FM is a non-commercial, co-operatively-owned, listener-supported, community radio station. Located in East Vancouver and with long-time roots in the Downtown E...
Tom Wetzel's home page
Wetzel's writing spans a range of topics... from libertarian socialism, anarcho-syndicalism and workers' self-management to unionism, social housing, environmental justice, philosophy, and Los Angeles...

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Media relations for politicians
A Service for Parliamentarians, Legislators, and Municipal Councillors
2009
Public relations tools for elected officials and community leaders.

From the Connexions Archives

Citizens for Local Democracy Newsletter 20, November 1997
Periodical profile published 1992
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Fighting for democracy and against the Harris government.