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  • Sep 23 2013: Cities are not independent variables. We need to determine what a good city is and what a bad city is. But that is not enough. We need to determine the regimes that make for good or bad cities. This is urban regime theory. The problem with that theory is that it is too deterministic, although it does allow for discussions of social movements, it under-theorizes the role of technology in enabling change. Once we understand what technology is, i.e. it is a byproduct of a governance system (on the front end with the work of designers, on the back end in the systems to deploy it and rationalize displacement via job tenure systems or not, retraining systems or not), we can then discuss variance of technological regimes. If were are truly ambitious we analyze the social movements that support better urban and technological regimes. We need more education about: a) technological choice, b) regime choice, c) how social movements reason about these choices, if at all. We need to discuss alternative models that transfer power to those in the bottom 80%.

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