May 18, 2010 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Woodlawn Room, Harris School of Public Policy Studies
Yue Zhang, Assistant Professor of Political Science, UIC
The research examines the policy processes of urban preservation in Beijing, Paris, and Chicago from the 1950s to the present. It demonstrates that urban preservation has drifted away from a cultural concern, but has become a strategic device employed by different political, social, and market actors to fulfill their distinct and occasionally contradictory goals. The fragmented political structure in cities further shapes the interactions of different actors and creates various patterns of urban preservation.