Second Issue of Opolis Released: Featuring 'Vulgaria: The Re-Enchantment of Suburbia'

Second Issue of Opolis Released: Featuring 'Vulgaria: The Re-Enchantment of Suburbia'

Metropolitan Institute of Virginia Tech

Volume 1, Issue 2 of Opolis: An International Journal of Suburban and Metropolitan Studies is now available in electronic format from the University of California escholarship repository. This issue features articles by Seth Forman (Racial Composition of Long Island Public School Districts 1991-2001: Change and Stagnation), Frank Stillwell (The Changing City: An Australian Political Economic Perspective) and, notably, Paul Knox's commentary article: "Vulgaria: The Re-Enchantment of Suburbia." Knox writes of suburbia as expression of modernity and explores the repackaging or "re-enchanting" of suburbia and its effects. He describes the suburbs as supersized landscapes, characterized by standardized developments and a disengagement from notions of social justice and civil society.

Opolis is the first academic journal specifically focused on suburban studies. The journal is broad-based and multidisciplinary, inviting submissions from fields across the social and natural sciences. Likewise, the methods used in articles are equally varied and cover a mix of qualitative and quantitative approaches. Opolis also profiles applied work that addresses ways of improving metropolitan growth. Opolis' audience includes policymakers, practitioners and scholars in planning, public policy, environmental science, and real estate development. The journal also covers topics of interest to architects, economists, geographers, political scientists, sociologists and urban designers.

Opolis is a joint enterprise of the Edward J. Blakely Center for Sustainable Suburban Development at the University of California, Riverside, the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech and the Urban Planning Department of the University of Sydney.

Related Link: Link to Paul Knox's "Vulagaria: The Renchantment of Surburbia" and the rest of Opolis

For more information contact:

Jennifer LeFurgy
Metropolitan Institute of Virginia Tech
1021 Prince Street
VA 22314

Phone: 703-706-8106
Email: [email protected]

Posted July 12, 2005

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