Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Mike Davis on Urban Resistance

Some thoughts on surveillance, density, and the value of vandalism.

"when you get some creative network or community of young people trying to live in the city in a different manner they can unwillingly become foot soldiers.

Reformist politics has zero to say about this. There is absolutely no reformist government anywhere in the world that can deal with the serious and major issues of urban inequality, because it will not take on property values, land inflation etc. Until you start talking about confiscating the incriminating land value or socialising land or systems of limited equity in land, you cannot control the city, you cannot achieve any real equality in it."
(via JaneeD)

ps. If you think the surveillance part is all good fun, you'll get a kick out of this one!