Urban regions are catalysts of change. They foster pragmatic politics that enables more progressive governance. “Progress,” however, has to contend with histories and structures that grew from exclusionary logic, uneven development, and the systematic exploitation of labor. Progress does not happen on its own; it emerges from the continued efforts of activists, engaged citizens, intellectuals, and professionals that strive for a more just city. It requires developing common platforms to facilitate the conflicts that inevitably come with differences. Spaces of Struggle is about creating spaces that harness differences and transforms them into momentum for progressive change. This special issues amplifies the discussions that grew out of “The Space of Struggle: A Mini-Conference on Radical Planning,” a pre-conference to the annual Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Conference in November 2016 (Portland, OR), organized by urban planning graduate students from around the US. We believe radical planning plays a crucial role in creating spaces of struggle but equally solicit submissions from outside urban planning to open up pathways beyond exclusionary developments.
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