keil and macdonald greenbelt local environment - December6 2015final

Keil and macdonald greenbelt local environment - December6 2015final

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1 Rethinking Urban Political Ecology from the Outside In: Greenbelts and Boundaries in the Post-Suburban City (Revised version, October 14, 2015) forthcoming in Local Environment 1 . Roger Keil (Corresponding) 2. Sara Macdonald Faculty of Environmental Studies The City Institute at York University (CITY) Room 213, HNES Building 7th Floor, Kaneff Tower York University York University 4700 Keele Street, 4700 Keele Street Toronto, ON, Canada Toronto, ON, Canada M3J 1P3 M3J 1P3 [email protected] [email protected] (416) 736-2100 ext. 22604 416-650-8125
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2 Abstract In this paper we engage the existing literature on Urban Political Ecology (UPE) from the perspective of the problematique of regulating urban expansion through ostensible boundary settings for growth through greenbelts. The developmental dynamics of the boundary setting that greenbelts perform in an era of global suburbanization change over time and are different in different places. They are as varied as the suburbanization processes and their governance themselves. While conscious of those varieties, we focus here on the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) greenbelt which was created by provincial legislation in 2005. Largely surrounding the booming Toronto region the GGH greenbelt is an expansion space and projection screen where the global city is “going up the country”. While we recognize the debate on greenbelts as a global phenomenon having evolved over more than a century, our eyes will be specifically on the recently established GGH greenbelt. The Ontario government introduced strong legislation in 2005 that declared 720,000 hectares off limits for conventional urban development. The Greenbelt Act created an expansive area under protection from the Niagara Peninsula in the south to the Bruce Peninsula in the north, the Niagara Escarpment in the west to a series of Moraines in the east. We will argue that the GGH greenbelt has become a prime negotiation space for the overall re-regulation of urban political ecologies in Southern Ontario. Through this, the paper makes a contribution to a better understanding of suburbanization and post-suburbanization which has not been at the centre of the concerns of UPE.
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3 Introduction In this paper we engage the existing literature on Urban Political Ecology (UPE) via the regulation of urban expansion through ostensible boundary setting. For our analysis, we focus on the instrument of a greenbelt but we also glance at other examples of suburban boundary drawing and their significance for urban regions more generally. We treat this as an important frontier of global suburbanization which we consider a defining feature of today’s extensive urbanization and part of the governance of suburbanization (Hamel and Keil 2015). Such boundary setting has been performed in mixed landscapes where suburbanization proceeds.
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