Water and power networks and urban fragmentation in Los Angeles: rethinking assumed mechanisms

MacKillop, Fionn and Boudreau, Julie-Anne (2008) Water and power networks and urban fragmentation in Los Angeles: rethinking assumed mechanisms. Geoforum, 39 (6). pp. 1833-1842. ISSN 0016-7185


Los Angeles is often described as the epitome of urban fragmentation, a notion which in this context is frequently connected to, or even conflated with urban sprawl. At the same time, the city features integrated water and power networks which have been under public ownership for over 70 years. We thus have an apparent paradox in the context of the debate on 'splintering urbanism', between socio-spatial fragmentation and the integration of networks. In discussing the idea that deregulation of infrastructural networks exacerbates urban fragmentation, the authors use the case of Los Angeles in order to highlight the central role of private interests in management decisions concerning infrastructure networks. The authors carry out their analysis in an historical perspective, revealing that network integration and universal access can often serve private interests more than the public good. Urban fragmentation in Los Angeles, they conclude, is the result of a complex process of instrumentalisation of network development and management.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy. Dr Fionn MacKillop is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Office of Research, Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development, Springfield Campus, E-mail : Fionn.MacKillop@usq.edu.au
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2011 10:44
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2014 02:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: incorporation; integration; Los Angeles; secession; splintering urbanism; sprawl; urban fragmentation; urban networks; water and power networks
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090505 Infrastructure Engineering and Asset Management
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies
12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120507 Urban Analysis and Development
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400508 Infrastructure engineering and asset management
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441016 Urban sociology and community studies
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3304 Urban and regional planning > 330410 Urban analysis and development
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2008.07.005
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18865

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