How is change managed in a city, and who manages that change? Do people have a “right” to the city?

Changes can be hard to accept, whether it’s a huge or something very small. In fact, changes are necessary sometimes. During two of our last classes, we watched movies about changes that happened and are happening in NYC. These are the changes that we ordinary residents of the city cannot manage, because of our limited power. Changes in a city are managed by the higher class people, who have enough money to afford convincing government that their plan is good. In reality, all they think about is making more money. I believe people don’t really have the right to manage changes in their neighborhoods. They do have some power to stop those changes temporarily, but eventually, they will have to give up. Though, I do think that people should not have too much power over managing the changes, because they will almost always choose the old over new, where they feel comfortable, but they do need the change. I think people who make changes, do need to highly respect what locals want, whether it’s something new or old. By respect I mean, integrating old stuff into new to make everyone happy.

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  1. J A Montgomery

    Davit,

    I agree that if people in a neighborhood have too much power to resist change, there would be very little change in the city and the city would suffer. Sensitive management of change and, as you note, the respect for the people impacted by change, are tricky to achieve but important.

    Prof. Montgomery

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