Cities for People, Not Profits

April 30, 2008 | City College, CUNY Lecture Series

For decades, David Harvey has argued that cities could not continue to function as centers for profit-making and capital accumulation in the face of urban poverty and associated ills. Today, the British-born social theorist continues to make his case. “The question of what kind of city we want to live in cannot be divorced from the question of what kind of human beings we want to be,” according to Dr. Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center. In the Fifth Annual Lewis Mumford Lecture on Urbanism at City College entitled “The Right to the City,” Dr. Harvey says that such questions need to be addressed by all who seek a more humane and ecologically sensitive urbanism for the 21st century.
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