From Extravagant Movie Theatres to Lowly Bomba Houses: Investigating the Degeneration of City Spaces Along Claro M. Recto Avenue, Manila

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ABSTRACT Title: From extravagant movie theaters to lowly bomba houses: Investigating the degeneration of city spaces along Claro M. Recto Avenue, Manila There is a lack of understanding about the overall process of degeneration of city spaces in the Philippine setting, specifically along Claro M. Recto Avenue, Manila. This study addresses this concern by suggesting a functionalist approach, using the theories of Durkheim and Merton, in analyzing the negative consequences and implications of massive urbanization and gentrification along the aforementioned street. By using an exploratory qualitative research design, this particular study tries to give light to the process of deterioration and in essence, be of significance to…show more content…
Indeed, the once cultured street lost its glamour and became one of the most dangerous and most crowded streets in all of Manila. Statement of the Problem/Research Questions The study examines the process of degeneration in general, and specifically among city spaces, establishments, such as bomba houses, and institutions along Claro M. Recto Avenue, Manila. It likewise determines the various factors and variables that are associated with the process of deterioration. Overall, the study aims to answer the question: how do city spaces (along Claro M. Recto Avenue) degenerate through time? Specifically, it aims to provide for answers to the following subquestions: What are the changes that have occurred from the perspective and experience of those who are affiliated or have worked under bomba houses, other establishments and institutions across C.M. Recto Avenue? What are the factors that have caused the apparent contrast in experience? How do the people adapt or respond to the changes ushered in by the process of modernization and gentrification of Recto Avenue? Significance of the Study This particular study is of great help in filling for the lack of local literature and understanding of the process of degeneration particularly of city spaces along Recto. This study also highlights the various consequences of modernity, specifically the negative implications of rapid social change brought

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