May 20, In gentle rebuke to those who never saw the good side of a city, urbanist and commentator Kotkin (The New Geography, , etc.) looks at the. If humankind can be said to have a single greatest creation, it would be those places that represent the most eloquent expression of our species’s. The City has ratings and 49 reviews. Fredösphere said: This was enjoyable as a driving-around audio book. My interest is in civic design–what works.

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Subscribe to Articles feed. Aug 05, Greg Brown rated it really liked it. Return to Book Page. He recommends conurbations focus on the mundane basics of infrastructure, schools and economic development, rather than trying to making Leipzig or Detroit ‘hip’.


Jun 25, John Gurney rated it really liked it. As mentioned by Jpel, the primary purpose of this book is to attract people In only pages, the book covers a very broad temporal and geographical scale: Un libro ambicioso que cubre la historia de la Ciudad y el asentamiento urbano. Today’s cities face many dity, and they can only thrive if they remain sacred, safe and busy.

Interestingly, Kotkin ventures that monoculture is one recipe for collapse.


Europeans who come here are delighted by our suburbs. The contents of this book vary across many cultures and over the span of time from the beginnings of the city in the Fertile Crescent to contemporary developments. Oct 21, Brad Cramer rated it it was ok Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I’ll just say it was a pleasure and it left me wanting more. Kotkin, author of an intriguing book, The City: Security — people can safely move about 2.

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He is also a distinguished presidential fellow in iotkin futures at Chapman University in Orange, California, a senior visiting fellow at the Civil Service College in Singapore, and a fellow at the National Chamber Foundation.

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THE CITY by Joel Kotkin | Kirkus Reviews

Will Seattle light rail extended to Snohomish County create intolerable crowding on peak period trains in King County? Nonfiction Classics Domestic Politics. Perhaps this is why the book, which covers so much, is so short. A Global Historyis big on solid infrastructure, good schools and a vibrant middle class. Also in Modern Library Chronicles. Jan 18, Zoe Elizabeth rated it it was ok. Jan 03, Pedro rated it it was amazing.


I gained an appreciation tne Tokyo’s role in the industrialization of Japan, and the disruptive effect upon German culture by the explosive growth of Berlin. Kotkin has published reports on topics ranging from the future of class in global cities to the rise of growth corridors in the US economy.

He writes a monthly… More about Joel Kotkin. Dec 18, Pages.

The City: A Global History

The author argues win all ages and context, a city must serve 3 functions: From their beginning, cities have been parasitic in kotkni fashion, ruled by elites who have sought to combine elements of sacred space and commercial space while providing security, and at best cities have provided a home for the sort of cultured people who help make art possible as well as provide for trade and education and scientific development.

Meditations on the City is the first Urbanophile e-book, featuring provocative essays on the key issues facing our cities, including innovation, talent attraction and brain drain, global soft power, sustainability, economic development, and localism.

Japanese and Korean editions are also available.