March 26, 2017 - mh9868a

RA 4: Place Matters

This photo shows the downtown shopping area in Schaumburg, IL.

In chapter eight of his book City of Rhetoric, David Fleming argues that there is a relationship between place and rhetorical well-being in cities. In other words in chapter eight, entitled, “Toward a New Sociospatial Dialectic,” Fleming outlines how the physical location of a place relates to the overall rhetorical design of a city. More specifically, he uses the Illinois city of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs as evidence for his argument. For example, Fleming how human behavior is affected by various city locations. Previously in his book Fleming had written specific chapters focusing on certain parts of a city such as the ideas of ghettos, suburbs, new urbanism, and homes.

This Getty Images photo shows a family walking the streets near the Cabrini Green neighborhood in Chicago, IL.

For instance, he analyzed how a poverty stricken ghetto has a low rhetorical well-being while a wealthy suburb has a high rhetorical well-being. Also, Fleming analyzes how the well-being of a location influences the overall attitude of the people who live in those places. For example, on one hand residents of a suburb are generally happy with their environment because they have good schools, stable homes, and many opportunities. On the the other hand, the inner-city ghettos often lack all of those things, therefore making ghettos a rather unhappy environment.

According to Fleming, location and citizen well-being are directly connected. In short, cities are rhetorically designed, and those designs affect the well-being of different demographics of people in entirely different ways.

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