Forwarded from Nestor (gates)
schaffer at optonline.net
Thu Jul 17 12:44:04 MDT 2003
i'll have some responses to your post after work today. in the
meantime, i couldn't help but spend a few minutes googling:
with link to articles on Buenos Aires:
a Zimbabean tours Seattle:
protection of public spaces:
linkss to article:
On the outskirts of Moscow are a number of very expensive gated
communities. The Moscow Country Club, Rosinka, and Pokrovsky
Kholmi are several of the better known gated communities built
and operated by Western firms. Rent on a 3 - 4 bedroom town house
in one of these communities will set you (or your firm) back at
least $100,000 a year in rent.
Pokrovsky Kholmi, built by Hines, is one of the newest gated
communities and has the added advantage of being adjacent to the
Anglo-American School, the largest school for expatriate children
(but note political bent of speaker in later part of interview:
"I don't want to criticise society; I want to celebrate
individual initiative." )
MP: Your story is an excellent example of what is happening
today on the Mexican/US border where two cities, Tijuana and San
Diego, make a bustling new urban situation. They grow and
blossom because of the border.
Borders used to divide, right? I believe that today national
states, which are based on the territorial principal, are giving
way to cities. I was recently struck by the urban situation in
the West Bank. If you look at the map of the West Bank and the
many Jewish settlements there, it becomes obvious that it is
nearly impossible to think of a unified Palestinian
territory. So I thought, this might well be a new reality, where
cities and not national states rule.
Also, in the West Bank you have parallel use of the same space
at the same time. Jewish settlements are connected together with
ring roads in an urban grid, independently of Palestinian
villages and their roads. You encounter something similar in
Johannesburg, where gated communities live parallel and
independently of sprawling shanty towns. I read somewhere that
by 2100, the organisation of societies will be based on
city-states. We are looking at a new logic here.
"Me and my family moved in our apartment complex
A gate with the serial code was put up next
They claim that this community is so drug free
But it don't look that way to me..."
--Goodie Mob, "Cell Therapy"
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