Jacobs’ ‘utopian fantasy’ of secession
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Whereas in Petrella’s dystopia, cities, the CR-30, are the problem, for Jane Jacobs (1984) it is the actions of states that threaten future well-being. As detailed in Chapter 2, states constitute an amalgam of economic spaces, both city-regions and other less fortunate economic regions, a spatial arrangement that is by no means simply benign. For Jacobs there is always pressure within states to ‘kill the goose that lays its golden eggs’ – that is, cities. Jacobs confronts this state-city predicament and suggests a solution: city secession.