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Research

Globalization and Downtown Development
Professor Diane E. Davis

This project examines the relationship between globalization and the transformation of downtown areas in cities in the developing world. It takes as its point of departure the growing trend for dispersed concentration of population and resources in urban areas of the developing world, and the rise of urban mega-projects in many of these cities. Among the angles under exploration are

  1. the role of local and national states and their relationships to private investors in husbanding these developments;
  2. the transformation of the built environment and public space wrought by these changes;
  3. the changing social and spatial character of the urban informal sector in globalizing cities, including the pressures for dispersing small-scale commerce away from central city areas; and
  4. the trade-offs between urban and national development implied in these projects.