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Historical Narrative, Urban Space and a New Cast to Urban Economics: Rethinking Urban Economics f…

Historical Narrative, Urban Space and a New Cast to Urban Economics: Rethinking Urban Economics from a Conceptual Standpoint

Author Michael Turk
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Publication Date 2018-05-24
Section Economics / Urban Studies
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9781612299396

A rethinking of urban economics involves transforming time from a metronomic parameter to an assaying of connection, separation, and memory. Accordingly, what should be the proper weighting of history in analyses of the urban economic environment, and how might differing takes on the nature of urban space figure in reimagining such analyses?

From this conceptual turn, mathematical, social, and historical challenges to conventional treatments of urban economics follow. These challenges, though, are hardly discrete.

The social and the historical come together, as collective experience may be manifested in acts by historical agents and be built around governmental laws and rules as well as customary practices. One might also see the social consequences of the assumption of mathematical continuity, implicitly accepting the axiom of mobility, in that the mathematics employed translates into a lack of recognition of the virtues of immobility, namely housing security for the broader community, a social consideration contributing to why housing markets are different.

What emerges is a critique of many of the standard models in urban economics. For, however abstracted models based upon location theory or implicit framing devices, like the imperative of technology or the tension between concentration and dispersal, may be, they must be comprehended as narratives. These economic narratives do not stand alone but must be grounded in history. In the process, one may well find counter-narratives leading to markedly different conclusions, as in the case of rent control or depictions of the role of land speculation in urban development.

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