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spaces (McCann, 2008). Thus, the image of the city centre as both a safe entertainment venue and a place for middle-class living has formed the key element in the way the futures of cities have been officially imagined and promoted. The enhancement of city centres in Europe in recent decades has been directly influenced by what can be summarised as a European city model (McNeill, 1999). The European city model extols a geographic imaginary of the virtues of a relaxed, safe or urbane form of social interaction within a finely grained urban fabric associated with

in Spacing Ireland
Securing or denying minorities’ right to the city?

challenge capitalist class relations and therefore can be 93 94 Urban gardening and the struggle for justice operationalised as a tool for recalibrating social relations, inequalities and related spatial implications. While there are multiple formulations of the right to the city, in this chapter I  specifically follow Harvey’s interpretation. According to Harvey, the right to the city is ‘not merely a right of access to what already exists, but a right to change it after our heart’s desire’ (Harvey, 2003: 939). This definition highlights two aspects: the first

in Urban gardening and the struggle for social and spatial justice

support, gender, class, ethnicity and language. Importantly, access to CMC is about more than access to hardware or software – it is about social agency because it is ‘a social practice involving access to physical artefacts, content, skills and social support’ (Warschauer 2002, p. 10). Precursors to using CMC are money to pay for access to the technology and the knowledge of how to use it. These are determined by an individual’s location within society. CMC users in Britain are overwhelmingly white and middle class, and this results in a monocultural predominance

in Cyberprotest
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Creating places of vernacular democracy

a large number of inhabitants and the district authorities, which, supported by two cycles of the participatory budget, led to the area being cleaned, partially hard-​surfaced and new architectural and sporting elements erected (see Figure  3.3). The corridor, a popular place for alcohol consumption (which is illegal in public areas in Poland), which used to be covered with bushes and litter, slowly became space that is popular and willingly visited by the new inhabitants of the area –​the young middle class. In Naujoji Vilnia, Linksmoji Gatvė (case study twelve

in Urban gardening and the struggle for social and spatial justice
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immediately adjacent to the centre of a village. One heavily forested, the other nearly treeless, they are alike in being easily explorable by classes from the local schools, by tourists who decide to set out for an afternoon hike after a slice of pizza at Cubber’s in Bristol or a glass of cider and a crab sandwich at Roundstone House, or by writers coming back day after day in search of the big picture. One place has been preserved from development through its steepness and rockiness, the other through its standing water and mire, but both offer portals into the processes

in Unfolding Irish landscapes

they are often also used by retired or middle-​class people for growing quality fresh vegetables and enjoying some outdoor activity. It was only with the rise of the social justice movement and the urban counterculture in the 1960s and 1970s that allotments were complemented with a different form of urban garden, community gardens, reflecting a politics of dignity and self-​ help in the context of urban divestment (Hou, 2017). Recalling Hancock (2001), Hou explains the difference between allotments and community gardens in the fact that the community gardens build

in Urban gardening and the struggle for social and spatial justice
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Digital photography and cartography in Wolfgang Weileder’s Atlas

cannot be silenced, that fills you with an unruly desire to know what her name was, the woman who was alive there, who even now is still real and will never consent to be wholly absorbed in ‘art’. (Benjamin, 1999a: 510) Even if accepting Mary Price’s criticism that Benjamin ‘has a talent for characterising a still photograph as a narrative, implying the beginning and end of a ‘Space-crossed time’ 123 situation by his dramatic figuration of the middle’, it is clear from Benjamin’s use of tenses in his reading of the photograph that past, present and future are

in Time for mapping
Considerations and consequences

traces a vast road network across the known world, from Rome itself through large sections of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia (see Figure 8.1). The extent to which this document Mapping the space of flows 177 Figure 8.1  Unknown author, Tabula Peutingeriana, c. fourth–fifth centuries. Conradi Millieri / Wikimedia / public domain. might ­actually be considered a true map is contested, given the common suggestion that it is just a diagram of a route network visualising a pre-existing itinerary listing destinations along these roads.2 But Richard Talbert

in Time for mapping