By Doreen Massey
For the 1st time in background, half the worlds inhabitants resides in mega-cities. by no means earlier than have we faced one of these geography of the worlds people.Analysing towns via spatial figuring out, urban Worlds explores how various worlds in the urban are introduced into shut proximity. The authors define new how you can handle the ambiguities of towns: their promise and capability, their difficulties and threats.
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In the towns, wood was used to make sidewalks. Meanwhile, railroad and shipping companies used wood in the construction of tracks, rollingstock and ships. Across the Mid West lumber was in demand. Though the white pine was ideal material—because of its strength, plasticity and buoyancy—the forests were hundreds of miles to the north and west of the prairies. Somehow the trees had to travel. They were cut down and turned into logs. 11). While lumber travelled through Chicago to the Mid West, foodstuffs made the return trip: from the farms of the Mid West, through Chicago, to the forests.
For example, people wishing to travel from New York to Los Angeles would have to spend almost an entire working-day crossing Chicago as they transferred between one railway operator and another. Soon, as the costs of doing business in Chicago rose, it became easier to make profits in other cities. Just as the railway had once ensured the centralization of flows of commodities, people, money and information on Chicago, now it permitted their dispersal to other cities, such as Minneapolis, Denver, Kansas City and Omaha.
By saying that cities are heterogeneous, Wirth demonstrates that social differences are not the outcome of contrasts between people’s innate characteristics or their fixed and unchanging personalities. Instead, social differences are formed through relationships to other people. In the city, heterogeneity tends to break down stable identities because there are great opportunities for people to form relationships with others: to meet, to mix—and to change. These opportunities arise because, in cities, there are large numbers of people, they come from diverse backgrounds and they are concentrated in small areas.