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In the post-industrial era, most of the waterfront factories and ports that used to characterize cities in central Canada and the north-eastern United States have long been abandoned. In cities like Toronto that have managed to adjust and even thrive under post-industrial conditions, the old industrial landscape is quickly being replaced with spaces that cater to the new 5 economy: tourist and consumer attractions, cultural amenities, and of course, condominiums.
Even economically viable industrial operations are often declared blights and encouraged to relocate to the outskirts of town. Furthermore, the factory fulfills a political ideal held by this group of creating mixed-use and diverse neighbourhoods where people live and work in the same place and blue and white collar jobs exist side by side.
Being the only remaining factory in the area, Redpath should be seen more as embodying these ideals symbolically rather than making them an economic reality. Sugar Beach in foreground, Redpath Sugar factory behind 6 Driven by these ideals, the government has gone out of its way to accommodate and even protect the continued existence of Redpath.
Named in honour of the factory, this new public beach allows visitors to sit in the sand and watch raw sugar being unloaded by the boatful into the factory. Case 3: Parkway Plaza Suburban Commercial Space Metro grocery store at Parkway Plaza The third case represents what is perhaps the most important trend in the consecration of public space today.
Though they have often been criticized as being a wasteland of disposable, inauthentic buildings, the post-war suburbs have now been home to multiple generations of residents who have developed intimate connections to these neighbourhoods. Built in , Parkway Plaza is the kind of small, community mall that has fallen out of favour with property developers 7 who now prefer big box stores or condominiums. In keeping with this trend, the owners of Parkway Plaza have begun taking steps to redevelop the property as high-rise condominiums.
Illustration from the Toronto Star September for the grand opening of Parkway Plaza This particular case of consecration should be seen as representing a very specific attachment to place: that of the architecture or heritage buff who seeks to enshrine the building for its symbolic or aesthetic value. It should be noted, however, that this is not the only way in which people have developed attachments to the small community malls that are now in danger of demolition. Despite no longer being profitable, these malls have become important nodes in the public life of local communities and serve as meeting places for local seniors and other groups Parlette and Cowen Unfortunately, evidence suggests that 8 consecration rooted in these attachments have been less successful, at least within the context of Toronto ibid.
Discussion and Analysis Based on these three cases, what larger claims can we make about the consecration of public space? As I have mentioned, these cases were chosen because their obvious differences in terms of ownership and economic function help draw attention to the commonalities that underlie the consecration process.
What are those commonalities? The first commonality relates to the emergence of a public attachment to place. Sociologists have typically viewed the emergence of values and beliefs in general as a process that starts with explicit, well formulated ideology that eventually shifts toward implicit, tacit common sense Boin and Christensen ; Johnson et al.
The process of consecration we have seen in these case studies seems to work the opposite way. The public character of these spaces is something that developed over a long period of time and is not based on any explicit ideology, but rather the lived experience of the space Mitchell ; Lefebvre Each of these spaces started off more or less as inconsequential.
Yet, over years of use, members of the local communities developed symbolic and practical ties to the spaces, perhaps even without noticing themselves.
The consecration process only becomes explicit when the status of the space is threatened in someway e. Faced with an imminent threat, inhabitants are forced to account explicitly for what they have hitherto only experienced implicitly: that they consider the space to be public, irrespective of actual ownership.
A second observed commonality is that the consecration process is centred around a small group of activists or tastemakers who, in the absence of ownership rights, rely heavily on other forms of power, particularly social capital. In some cases these activists may be working hand in hand with the owners against larger threats, such as the case of the sugar factory.
In other cases these activists may confront the owners head on, pitting the power of social capital against the power of economic capital. Related to the last point, the central group of activists or tastemakers need to articulate a legitimating account of the space in order to reposition it discursively from a commodity subject to the rules of the market to a public good that requires democratic control and public support. For the Grange, this meant repositioning it from the 9 backyard of the AGO to the front yard and heart of the local community.
For Redpath, the ideals of mixed-use and diverse neighbourhoods were used to justify its protection. And finally, architectural discourse was used to support the protection of the supermarket.
Understanding the legitimating discourse is not only important in gauging the success of the consecration process, but also because different types of discourse produce different results. For instance, the architectural discourse supporting Parkway Plaza will protect its exterior form while sacrificing its function as a community meeting space. The fact that all three of my cases represent successful attempts at consecration — at least for the moment — is probably attributable to the relative privilege of the groups involved.
Conclusion: Making Claims to Public Space Often when we talk about public space, we rely on a loose idealized historical image — perhaps a romanticized vision of Central Park, or the Jardins des Tuileries, or maybe even the ancient Athenian agora.
These are spaces that, in our minds, truly embody inclusion, equality, democracy, and provide refuge from an otherwise unequal, unjust world. This perspective is not without its value, particularly when used as a Weberian ideal type. Nonetheless, if this is how we think about public space, then we should not be surprised when we are unable to identify a single space within North America that lives up to this ideal.
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