Last week I was interviewed by News 1130 about the upcoming metro Vancouver transit referendum, and particularly about the prospects for more formal regional governance if the referendum failed. As the story discusses, I’m pessimistic about the prospects for governance reform if voters reject the transit plan.
I just received in the mail my copy of Megaregions: Globalization’s New Urban Form?, edited by John Harrison and Michael Hoyler (2015, Edward Elgar). This book emerged out of a set of paper sessions John and Michael organized at the 2013 AAG, and I am honoured to have a chapter in the book, titled “Megaregions and the urban question: The new strategic terrain for US competitiveness”. In this chapter I critically reconstruct contemporary planning and policy discourses about megaregions in light of 1960s debates over the “urban question” and megalopolis, and in light of my current research on competitive multi-city regionalism in the US.
Here’s the description of the book:
By critically assessing the opportunities and challenges posed by planning and governing at the megaregional scale, this innovative book examines the latest conceptualizations of trans-metropolitan landscapes. In doing so, it seeks to uncover whether megaregions are a meaningful new spatial framework for the analysis of cities in globalization. Situated within the broader contours of global urban analysis, the book draws together a range of thought-provoking contributions from scholars engaged in the study of trans-metropolitan regions. It thereby provides multiple paths of access for those wishing to familiarize themselves with this topical area of global urban studies.
The whole book is highly recommended.