Regarding the interplay of cultural versus political/business interests in shaping cities, listen to this story at KUT.
Just for fun: can you identify these cities by their nighttime light signatures?
Here’s a story on NPR about a place called “Slab City” in the California desert. Is it closer to gemeinschaft or Mad Max?
Just today we were talking about the importance of London’s sewer, and now here’s this item in the Times about a 140 ton clog of that system, the Whitechapel fatberg, made out wipes, condoms, fat, tampons, and diapers.
We were talking in class today about the implications of interaction between technologically dissimilar societies. Here’s a timely story about members of an isolated tribe in Brazil coming into contact with loggers from the outside world.
This little WordPress cite serves as our syllabus. You can find the calendar, readings, and the “fine print” here. I’ll also post announcements here, as well as links to interesting news stories, relevant websites, and the like when I come across them.
The book you will need for this course is:
Macionis, John J. and Vincent Parillo. 2017. Cities and Urban Life, 7th Edition. Prentice Hall. ISBN 978-0-13-386980-4.