Originally Posted by sunnubian:
Good post MC.
Sometimes I believe that many African American forget that everything about America's economy should matter to us, really even more so, considering that we are the first and the hardest hit when America's economy takes a nose dive.
I've long beloved that we as a people define "Black issues" too narrowly. Something need not affect us negativity and disproportionally for it to be a "Black issue". We can and do have concerns raging from ecological issues to the effects of urban design.
Planned obsolesces is something he (and others) have and do discuss. David Harvey deals with it as it relates to the development of city and city life (what he calls "the right to the city"). Ownership is one of several ways of measuring relationships but not one that is exclusively transformational-in the way most of us think it is.
I don't see how we can discuss ownership in depth without considering the effects of "rent" as it relates to development.