The Redundancy of Fordist Infrastructures
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In the 1960s, the abandonment of waterfront land by industries was still a slow process. Nonetheless, growing skepticism about the potential uses-and the perceived misuses-of the waterfront were gaining political weight across the North American continent. In the late 1960s, voices in the academe began to raise questions about the necessity of locating manufacturing industries on inner-city shorelines. Representative of broader discussions around that time, Arthur F. Loeben and James B. Kenyon asked: “How many industries on a waterfront need to use the waterfront?” (Kenyon 1968, 153). Both Loeben and Kenyon concluded that “much industry along the urban waterfront makes no direct use of the waterfront for either navigation or water supply,” indicating to a growing audience that these industries only indirectly affi liated with the shipping industry could, and indeed would, be relocated and thereby open up spaces in the inner-city (Kenyon 1968, 153).