Write a 4-5 pages paper in response to two prompts (one from each part). Papers are to be typed in Times New Roman, size 12 font, doublespaced, with one-inch margins. Papers are due on Wednesday, 10/20, at 2 pm. Late papers will not be accepted.
Choose one of the following questions (specify the one you chose)
1. Based on the course lectures and readings, compare the human ecology’s perspective (The Chicago School) with the urban political economy’s perspective for urban phenomena analysis. To do this, describe the social context they appeared in, their main concepts and ideas, their subjects of study, and their theoretical assumptions. Finally, give arguments to explain what elements of each perspective you consider most helpful for understanding your city.
2. How do the authors and schools discussed in the class understand the relationship between space and society? Choose two authors, perspectives (e.g., political economy), or schools, and compare them. To do this, describe the social context they appeared in, their main concepts and ideas, their subjects of study, and their theoretical assumptions.
3. Check the presentation for the SoHo/NoHo rezoning plan and read the two articles provided below (you are free to read more about this issue). Then, choose one of the authors or theories from the class (you can also use specific concepts that you find helpful) and discuss what is at stake in the SoHo/NoHo and Chinatown rezoning plan. To answer this question, first, summarize the rezoning proposal. Second, explain what actors are involved in the discussion, their different interests, and main arguments in favor or against the plan. Third, identify what dimensions of sociological analysis are relevant for studying this conflict (e.g., housing affordability, class, gender, age, race, etc.). Finally, briefly present your own position on this topic.
https://thevillagesun.com/soho-noho-rezoning-incentivizes-demolition-and-displacement-and-the-landlords-know-it (Links to an external site.)