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Expanding the Frames: A Response to “Framing the Urban”

Aug 17, 2004

City and Community is an academic journal dedicated to publishing research and theory that explore the social aspects of the metropolis. In August 2004, City and Community published three articles exploring the controversial redevelopment of the St. Thomas housing development in New Orleans.

City and Community is an academic journal dedicated to publishing research and theory that explore the social aspects of the metropolis. In August 2004, City and Community published three articles exploring the controversial redevelopment of the St. Thomas housing development in New Orleans. In the first article, Framing the Urban: Struggles Over Hope VI and New Urbanism in an Historic City [PDF], James R. Elliott, Kevin Fox Gotham, and Melinda J. Milligan use the concept of framing to analyse community responses to the development of the St. Thomas Wal-Mart in New Orleans.

In their response), Ed Melendez and Geoff Coats argue that while they are intrigued by the analysis laid out in a previous article, they believe readers will benefit from a more complete view of the issues at play “in the trenches” of New Orleans’ unique landscape: the historic and political context, the subtexts of race and economics in this case as well as similar disputes (of which there are many), and a broadening of understanding of the frames deployed in this struggle beyond simply “New Urbanism.”

Finally, the original authors respond to Melendez and Coats.