2400w Reflective essay

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CRIM 20002 Criminal Law and Political Justice
2400w Critical Reflective EssayUpon its conception cities were most likely designed for efficiency, and as they develop they become extensions of the population within it, and start to take on the quirks and habits that define the its community. On the other hand, there is also the question of right. While the government might have final say in what can belong in their city and what must be outlawed, whom does it truly belong to? Furthermore who has the right to change its appearance and alter its character? Whether it is the graffiti filled alleyways or the architectural buildings, Melbourne, in congruent with other major cities, has many influences and secrets within its walls. As the struggle between the masses and the “law” continues, the city has become a place of example and rebellion. The main question is whether there is an ultimate say in the look of cities, and if there is, who has the right to exercise that power.

At the commencement of a major city, such as Melbourne, it can be idealised that the main goal is efficiency with the product being a utopia. Major cities harbour many different communities all in one locale, and creating the interconnection between all of them imperative to its success. It has always been a universal thought to make a city as big and aesthetically pleasing as possible in order to appeal to the masses. Veritably, there is mention of this idea as far back as Plato’s ‘The Republic’ which states that ‘[their] city must be made bigger again. This healthy one isn’t adequate anymore’ (1968, 50). In other words, they adjusted the look and design of the city in order to suit the requirements of the growing population. On the other hand, it can also be sa...

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