chapter  9
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Structures, Powers, Mechanisms and Tendencies

Emerging conditions are always present in cities, but a larger metropolitan urban area will have more. With very few exceptions, urban form scholarship has been weak in recognizing and diagnosing emerging conditions and their potential. Urban form is, in the end, about regulating access to the city’s resources, whether ordinary, exceptional, necessary or not. By altering configurations of streets and their connections, governmental owners of public property established patterns in which the mechanism of access was transformed. Zoning, eminent domain and the police power were assisted by:

• the myth of pastoral community, the global village, enabled by new and enhanced communications media;

• federal housing and transportation policies; and • large-scale financing capabilities.