Whose right to the city? Just negotiations of the right to urban space

Authors: Matthew Wigginton Conway*, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Human Rights
Keywords: urban planning,equity,right to the city,land use,gentrification
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Committee Room, Omni, West
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The right to the city has been a lasting framework for urban social thought. In the context of land use planning, however, the concept of any ``right'' to the city is problematic---who holds that right? Don Mitchell argues that the right to the city is a right to inhabit. But how is that right negotiated when multiple people wish to inhabit a space? Are the current residents justified in preventing the habitation of others? What if the habitation of others would degrade or destroy their own habitation? This article aims to provide a framework for conversations of just negotiations of the right to the city, by exploring what constitutes ``habitation,'' and applying theories of justice to understand how habitation can be justly negotiated.

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