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City-regionalism as a politics of collective provision : regional transport infrastructure in Denver, USA

Jonas, Andrew E. G.; Goetz, Andrew R.; Bhattacharjee, Sutapa

Authors

Andrew R. Goetz

Sutapa Bhattacharjee

Abstract

The rise of the city-region concept has focused attention on the nature of territorial politics underpinning city-regionalism. This paper investigates the relationship between territorial politics, city-regionalism and the collective provision of mass transport infrastructure in the USA. It deploys a case study of the Denver region, examining the state and governance structures driving forward FasTracks, a long-term project to expand the Denver Regional Transportation District’s light and commuter rail system. FasTracks represents a programme to retrofit the Denver city-region for integrated mass transit but its funding has fostered tensions around new regionalist governance arrangements. The paper uses the findings of the case study to reflect upon the balance of bottom–up versus top–down geopolitical forces shaping the landscape of city-regionalism in the USA. It emphasises the variety of ways in which struggles around infrastructure provision shape the emergence of new city-regionalist structures inside the competition state.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2014-08
Journal Urban studies
Print ISSN 0042-0980
Electronic ISSN 1360-063X
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 51
Issue 11
Pages 2444-2465
Institution Citation Jonas, A. E. G., Goetz, A. R., & Bhattacharjee, S. (2014). City-regionalism as a politics of collective provision : regional transport infrastructure in Denver, USA. Urban studies, 51(11), 2444-2465. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098013493480
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098013493480
Keywords City-regionalism; Infrastructure; Territorial politics; Denver, USA
Publisher URL http://usj.sagepub.com/content/51/11/2444
Additional Information Author's accepted manuscript of article published in: Urban studies, 2014, v.51, issue 11

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