What the changing suburbs tell us about the future of the city in the 21st century
One can no longer talk about the the urban centre and the suburban periphery, and in Outside the Outside Matt Hern argues that we must rethink the entire identity of the city itself. Today the majority of the Western world lives in suburbs. Yet these neighbourhoods that once offered security and respite from the perceived dangers of the city centre have been radically transformed in the last few decades.
While there is much talk of how gentrification displaces communities, there is little focus on where these communities are moved to. Outside the Outside maps these changes and also comes up with solutions on how to revive the social life of the city in the face of rabid financialisation. In particular, Hern shows the rapid peripheralisation of racial poverty. With on-the-ground reportage in, amongst others, Portland, Vancouver, London, Ferguson, St Louis he shows us how we need to challenge our misconceptions and see the suburbs as vibrant places of resistance and regeneration, and to celebrate the movement, circulation and difference that make so many suburbs so alive.