Rights to Public Space

Law, Culture, and Gentrification in the American West

Authors: Langegger, Sig

  • Breaks new ground in the analysis of contemporary urban changeDemonstrates how everyday practices, traditionally thought to be consequences of gentrification, are often actively transformed to advance gentrification
  • Draws from ethnographic evidence and geographical theories of place, territory, and property to analyze the causes of gentrification in an inner-city neighborhood
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This book examines the roles that public space plays in gentrification. Considering both cultural norms of public behavior and the municipal regulation of behavior in public, it shows how commonplace acts in everyday public spaces like sidewalks, streets, and parks work to establish neighborhood legitimacy for newcomers while delegitimizing once authentic public practices of long-timers. With evidence drawn from the formerly Latino neighborhood of Highland in Denver, Colorado, this ethnographic study demonstrates how the regulation of public space plays a pivotal role in neighborhood change. First, there is often a profound disharmony between how people from different cultural complexes interpret and sanction behavior in everyday public spaces. Second, because regulations, codes, urban design, and enforcement protocols are deliberately changed, commonplace activities longtime neighborhood residents feel they have a right to do along sidewalks and streets and within their neighborhood parks sometimes unexpectedly misalign with what is actually possible or legal to do in these publicly accessible spaces.

About the authors

Sig Langegger is Assistant Professor of Geography at Akita International University, Japan. His work examines the spatial conditions that affect people’s lives as well as the urban plans and policies producing these conditions. Sig researches public space, property rights, social and environmental justice, gentrification, and the criminalization of homelessness.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rights to Public Space
Book Subtitle
Law, Culture, and Gentrification in the American West
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-41177-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-41177-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-41176-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVIII, 210
Number of Illustrations and Tables
12 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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