Pedestrian Politics

Boliva recently held its first ‘National Day of the Pedestrian’ (see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-14783305). With both private cars and public transport banned from the streets, this initiative appears to have provided the opportunity for people to experience everyday urban spaces in very different, and often very creative ways.

While partly overshadowed by Evo Morales’ somewhat contradictory highway development plans, it seems to me that generating  alternative spaces of socio-ecological experience is vital to if we are to begin to image how other environmental worlds might be constructed, and what it might be like to actually live in them. While such projects may seem utopian and highly ephemeral, they provide important spaces within which the imagination of other environmental relations and social worlds can take hold of our desires.

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About Mark J Whitehead

Professor of Geography at Aberystwyth University
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