By Persis Taraporevala
The author is an independent researcher.
The private city is an emerging urban trend that could circumvent democratic processes at the local level, by vesting the authority to govern the area to private parties. This form of governance demonstrates a substantial shift from modernist tradition of democratic governance in urban areas. It is thus imperative to bring the discussion into the public sphere and debate the structure and effects of privatising urban governance.
The private city is slowly emerging across the global landscape as a new form of urban development. Advertisements for these cities appeal not only to the aesthetic value and functionality of the houses, but to the very idea of the city where urban spaces can be constructed and administered by private companies. The promotions display people walking down vast promenades from their luxurious villas or cosy cottages towards their glistening office spaces. These people do not seem to engage with...