by Abdoumaliq Simone
For residents of cities, a simple question remains at the heart of their engagement with the city: what can people do together and under what circumstances? What is it that people do with each other when what they do isnt quite competition, collaboration, conflict, possession or dispossession? From this question stem the critical dimensions of urban policy in terms of who residents have to deal with, talk to, be intruded upon or intruding; who does space belong to, who has access to what kinds of space for what purposes? As soon as these considerations are opened up then a wide range of political, administrative and technical consideration about how cities are run also become more contestable and specific.
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