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Condo Conquest

Urban Governance, Law, and Condoization in New York City and Toronto

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Condo Conquest

Urban Governance, Law, and Condoization in New York City and Toronto

When condominiums first emerged in North American cities in the 1960s, they were a new kind of housing governed by boards of resident owners volunteering in a community. Condo Conquest shows how the condo and its inner governance have since become something else entirely, taken over – or conquered – by an assemblage of commercial interests specializing in condo law, real estate, security, and property management, as well as growing numbers of non-resident investors. Drawing on the accounts of residents and board directors in Toronto and New York and myriad other sources, Randy Lippert reveals how a growing reliance on commodified technologies, emergent forms of knowledge, and the exploitation of renters are threatening the condo’s future and undermining the integrity of urban communities.

300 pages

Law and Society


Table of Contents

1 Introduction

2 Condo Owners and Boards

3 Assembling the Condo: Processes, Agents, and Knowledges

4 Governing Condo Renters

5 Condo Governance, Legal Knowledges, and Surveillance

6 Policing Condo Nuisance

7 Ups and Downs of Urban Governance: High-Rise Condo Elevators

8 Conclusion: Law Reform, Assemblages, and Condo Futures

Notes; References; Index

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