The Defeat of Imperial Urbanism in Quebec City, 1840-1855

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Author/collaborator
Title
The Defeat of Imperial Urbanism in Quebec City, 1840-1855
Abstract
In 1840, Quebec City regained formal corporate status under an ordinance of the Special Council of Lower Canada. The author argues that this ordinance expressed a particular concept of urbanism that was to be adopted throughout the colony. Based on a concept of the role of cities developed in Great Britain during the Age of Reform, it sought to create nonpartisan municipal structures that would encourage local development and “improvement” while at the same time insuring the dominance of the Anglophone commercial elites. Ultimately, this imperial design was a failure because local issues became entangled in provincial party politics, and professionals and small retailers replaced major business leaders on Quebec’s municipal council.
Publication
Urban History Review/Revue d’histoire urbaine
Volume
Vol. 22
Issue
no. 1
Pages
17-29
Date
October 1993
Language
en
Citation
McCulloch, Michael. “The Defeat of Imperial Urbanism in Quebec City, 1840-1855.” Urban History Review/Revue d’histoire urbaine Vol. 22, no. 1 (October 1993): 17–29.
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