Geographies of Property III: Governance

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM (MDT)
Room: Calvert Room, Omni, East
Organizers: Nick Lombardo, Trevor Wideman, Stephen Przybylinski
Chairs: Trevor Wideman


Land use planning and property controls are seemingly taken-for-granted elements of the urban socio-legal landscape. As such, their existence and operations often go unquestioned by many urban scholars. But recently, such scholars have begun to look at the relationships between land use, planning, property, and law, asserting that they are far from neutral (See Valverde 2005; Porter 2014; Fawaz 2016; Blomley 2017; Rutland 2018). Rather, such relationships frame how cities produce and reproduce themselves, particularly in the context of the liberal-democratic state. Furthermore, these mechanisms can also act as techniques of boundary-making, marginalization, and exclusion that have real and lasting effects - including reproducing logics of settler colonialism and reinforcing the inequalities inherent to capitalism. Building on a set of conversations begun last year at the AAG, we seek papers that critically interrogate relationships between law, land use, planning, and property. In particular, this session seeks papers that address the question of how such elements shape life in cities - what goes where, who can do what, and how they are challenged, in relation to the following keywords:

waste / efficiency / productivity / improvement
propriety / citizenship
exclusion / valorization
alternatives / challenges

Suggestions for paper topics include (but are not limited to): property law, environmental planning, resistance, gentrification, eminent domain, development, zoning, and everyday life in cities. We welcome papers that deal with a variety of geographical locations and temporal periods.


Blomley, N., 2017. Land Use, planning, and the "difficult character of property." Plan. Theory Pract. 18, 351–364.

Fawaz, M., 2016. Planning and the making of a propertied landscape. Plan. Theory Pract. 9357, 1–20.

Porter, L., 2014. Possessory politics and the conceit of procedure: Expos

ing the cost of rights under conditions of dispossession. Plan. Theory 13, 387–406.

Rutland, T., 2018. Displacing Blackness: Planning, Power, and Race in Twentieth-Century Halifax. University of Toronto Press, Toronto, ON.

Valverde, M., 2005. Taking "land use" seriously: toward an ontology of municipal law. Law Text Cult. 9, 34–59


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Qiaonan Li*, , David Demeritt, Supervisor, Seismic science, state reason, and disaster risk regulation in China's fragmented authoritarianism 20 1:10 PM
Presenter Nick Lombardo*, University of Toronto, Constructing a Land Use Framework for Infrastructure: Land Use Planning and Infrastructural Development on Manhattan’s Waterfront, 1830-1920 20 1:30 PM
Presenter Sarah Shoenfeld*, Prologue DC, “A Strictly White Residential Section": restrictive covenants, court enforcement, and Bloomingdale's racial divide 20 1:50 PM
Presenter Emily Holloway*, CUNY Graduate Center, "Business as Usual" or "Just Business"? A critical comparison of industrial rezonings 20 2:10 PM
Presenter MyungIn Ji*, University of Kentucky, Historic Preservation and Gentrification in Seoul 20 2:30 PM

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