Date of Award

Spring 2005

Document Type





This paper develops a syncretistic theory of urban life that draws on the work of David Harvey, Robert Putnam, William Julius Wilson, and Karl Marx. It considers the city as primarily an economic phenomenon. It details how a city is shaped by economic needs and how this in tum affects social life within city space. It does this theoretically and then apply this theory to the case study of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union (KWRU). In order to properly understand this group this paper tracks Kensington's development economically and socially. The paper ends with a proposal for future research and a proposal for an ethic of urban planning that begins with human need as its starting point not the needs of the market.