The dark side of Dubai

April 13, 2009 at 02:20 | Posted in Dubai, economics, Jane Jacobs | Leave a comment

 

(though one could just as well call it the Jane Jacob’s revenge. In case you don’t know why, you better get going and read her book on the economy of cities.)

Once the manic burst of building has stopped and the whirlwind has slowed, the secrets of Dubai are slowly seeping out. This is a city built from nothing in just a few wild decades on credit and ecocide, suppression and slavery. Dubai is a living metal metaphor for the neo-liberal globalised world that may be crashing – at last – into history.

Read on.

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