Kaleidoscope Metropolis: Autonomy and Integration in the Fractured City


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    Apr 13, 2021

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    5:15 EDT

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The LMEC’s curator presents on the history of municipal fragmentation in the Massachusetts Historical Society’s Environmental History Seminar

By the 1950s, just as technocratic consensus settled on the opinion that Boston’s metropolitan problems demanded municipal consolidation, meaningful regional integration became a political dead letter. This paper examines how conflicting pressures towards both spatial integration and disintegration shaped the postwar city, with ecological concepts about environmental management jostling against demands for community autonomy coming from both right and left. Struggle over geographic units thereby became a key axis of conflict between different ideological strands of the politics of place.

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