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Water and power networks and urban fragmentation in Los Angeles: Rethinking assumed mechanisms

MacKillop, Fionn; Boudreau, Julie-Anne (2008). Water and power networks and urban fragmentation in Los Angeles: Rethinking assumed mechanisms Geoforum , vol. 39 , nº 6. p. 1833-1842. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2008.07.005.

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Los Angeles is often described as the epitome of urban fragmentation, a notion which in this context is frequently connected to, or even conflated with urban sprawl. At the same time, the city features integrated water and power networks which have been under public ownership for over 70 years. We thus have an apparent paradox in the context of the debate on ‘splintering urbanism’, between socio-spatial fragmentation and the integration of networks. In discussing the idea that deregulation of infrastructural networks exacerbates urban fragmentation, the authors use the case of Los Angeles in order to highlight the central role of private interests in management decisions concerning infrastructure networks. The authors carry out their analysis in an historical perspective, revealing that network integration and universal access can often serve private interests more than the public good. Urban fragmentation in Los Angeles, they conclude, is the result of a complex process of instrumentalisation of network development and management.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: réseaux urbains; réseaux d'eau; électricité; Los Angeles
Centre: Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Date de dépôt: 16 nov. 2020 20:18
Dernière modification: 16 nov. 2020 20:18
URI: http://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/10145

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