Politics and the City

This chapter as a whole was probably the easiest for me to start grasping what it means and how to relate it to real world experiences or thoughts that I have of the real world.  All cities develop differently, no matter what.  Some cities will have a poor central and rich suburbs, or vice versa.  Cities grow larger as more people are able to find a living within them, or shrink if they are unable to.  As the city becomes more affluent, the poor and homeless tend to get shoved out to make way for new development like hotels, popular chain restaurants or markets, and things of that sort.  You can try to base a city on another, but that does not mean it will develop in a similar fashion.

To some people, a city like Rio de Janeiro, people would only associate the typical buildings with the city and the slums that surround the city as something completely different, when that would be considered part of the city as well.  Then there are cities like Tokyo where you are not even sure where it ends.  Tokyo, from my own personal experience is a lot of smaller cities that have merged into one large city.  Tokyo is made up with many areas like Asagaya, Shibuya, and Tokyo itself to make up the larger Tokyo area.  Due to the reliable rail system, it is easy to life in one of these smaller “cities” and be able to go to another one of the “cities” within a half an hour at most.  It is pretty crazy to consider that all of that is just one city, but it all makes up the larger Tokyo.

Then there are cities that are smaller and then thanks to development, explode in popularity.  Although Sochi may not get that much more popular, it now has the resources to hold a larger amount of people if needed, and people may want to travel there now to get a look of how the city changed in preparation for the Olympics, or to see what was created and built for the Olympics as a whole.  Sochi is a popular summer destination for Russians on holiday break, so this may mean even more may come in the following years.

As a whole, it is hard to determine where a city may end.  People may  live out in the country but still be considered part of a city due to their daily commute out to the city for work or for shopping or for any other reason.  Due to this, I do not believe there are many places you can go without being considered part of a city, unless you just live out in the country and do not associate with any nearby cities and instead rely on yourself and the things you do.  This is what makes the issue of boundaries so difficult, because where exactly do these cities end and where does the next city begin?  Which state would you be a part of if the city becomes so large it crosses state boundaries?  Even though the concept is easier to understand, it does not mean that there are not any questions about it.

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