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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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Kotkin’s books include The Next Hundred Million: Send a question or comment using the form below. Philippe Petit The Times of London. Susan Barnes-Gelt Denver Post. By these standards, contemporary cities fail miserably, and the author is quick to note the many ways they fail—by catering to a faddish elite, by failing to provide basic infrastructure for citizens or any sort of hope at good wages or safety, and by failing to provide any sort of spiritual core, which the author is only concerned exists in some fashion as he is not a believer in any meaningful sense.

This book is a short one, but a worthy one, in that it synthesizes a great deal of understanding about cities to give a biography of the cities, as it were, finding common patterns across cultures while also demonstrating cultural differences where they exist. Co-authored by Ian Abley Millennial Momentum: Looking at cities in the twenty-first century, Kotkin discusses the effects of developments such as shifting demographics and emerging technologies.

And thirdly, a set of values which binds people to the city. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

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The City: A Global History

I gained an appreciation for Tokyo’s role in the industrialization of Japan, and the disruptive effect upon German culture by the explosive growth of Berlin. What cjty a city great? Want to Read saving….

From Babylon and Rome to London, New York and Tokyo, Joel Kotkin examines the evolution of urban life over the millennia in order to establish what made – and makes – a This book was recommended to me by one of my professors in college. Premise is that a city’s longevity rest of 3 things: He ends with his insightful thoughts on the recipe for success; while many declining cities focus on becoming cultural meccas, history shows art runs into economically vibrant cities, not the other way around.

Jan 11, Steve rated it liked it.

This book was way to underdeveloped. The narrative is too broad and overarching to really rigourously argue through many of the historical factors Kotkin gives credence to in the typically rapid rise and slow decay of cities and civilisations but nonetheless probably a good first explanation of the structural themes to hang a hat on.

China remained half as urbanized as Western Europe, the Mediterranean, or, for that matter, Japan from the first millennium until the present day.

As cities have themselves risen and fallen, from the time they have been founded, cities have been enduringly popular nevertheless, except in those ages were civilization fell to such an extent that there was no agricultural surplus for cities to feed on. However, it will be a short and enjoyable read for the general public to obtain a comprehensive introduction to global city history.

I actually only got through half of this one because it made me contemplate indications of the fall of America a all these other amazing cities had fallen and with the state of affairs i motkin not handle this doom and gloom. Latest Kotikn at NewGeography. In he won the Gene Burd Award for best urban reporting. Nonfiction Classics Domestic Politics Category: As cities have themselves risen and fallen, from the time they have been founded, cities have been enduringly popular nevertheless, except in those ages were civilization fell coty such an extent that there was no agricultural surplus for ci This book is a short one, but a worthy one, in that it synthesizes a great deal of understanding about cities to give a biography of the cities, as it were, finding common patterns across cultures while also demonstrating cultural differences where they exist.

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A few years earlier, these places were lightly populated by the kottkin. He does, however, write with a noticeable bias, preferring all things Roman and American.

THE CITY by Joel Kotkin | Kirkus Reviews

He recommends conurbations focus on the mundane basics of infrastructure, schools jodl economic development, rather than trying to making Leipzig or Detroit ‘hip’.

Try entering different keywords. Modern Library Chronicles 1 – 10 of 34 books. Urban retail on a modern scale first appeared here, in This is an interesting handbook to the evolution of cities and the urban form.