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On the road to the in-between city: Excavating peripheral urbanisation in Chicago's 'Crosstown Corridor'

Addie, J-PD; (2015) On the road to the in-between city: Excavating peripheral urbanisation in Chicago's 'Crosstown Corridor'. Environment and Planning A 10.1177/0308518X15594931. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper critically engages the uneven distribution of infrastructure provision, connectivity and mobility in contemporary neoliberal urban landscapes by uncovering the path-dependent trajectories and politics of transportation in post-suburbia. Departing from contemporary debates on the evolving geography of urban peripheries, I utilise a relational theorisation of the ‘in-between city’ to empirically unpack the urbanisation processes internalised in the evolution of the ‘Zwischenstadt’ in a North American context. Through a longue durée case study of transportation planning, politics and spatial practice in Chicago’s ‘Crosstown Corridor’, in-between urbanisation is demonstrated to express an on-going multiscalar mediation of co-habiting modes of urbanism and strategic state actions that challenge generalised (sub)urbanisation narratives. Despite continued interest from planners, politicians and business groups, proposals for both a major urban expressway and rapid transit line have proved political lightning rods. Consequently, neighbourhood protests, personal political battles and macro-economic trends have locked-in a neglected development pathway for Chicago’s inner suburbs. I argue that through disclosing key contradictory political-economic imperatives and conflicting scales of mobility, it is possible to identify space for political and planning interventions that can adapt to, and develop, polycentric urban practice in and through in-between urban space.

Type: Article
Title: On the road to the in-between city: Excavating peripheral urbanisation in Chicago's 'Crosstown Corridor'
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0308518X15594931
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0308518X15594931
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author 2015
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1471596
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