The Economy of Cities

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 20, 2016 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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In this book, Jane Jacobs, building on the work of her debut, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, investigates the delicate way cities balance the interplay between the domestic production of goods and the ever-changing tide of imports. Using case studies of developing cities in the ancient, pre-agricultural world, and contemporary cities on the decline, like the financially irresponsible New York City of the mid-sixties, Jacobs identifies the main drivers of urban prosperity and growth, often via counterintuitive and revelatory lessons.
 

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In this book, Jane Jacobs brings her creative mind and sharp wit to bear on the question of how cities grow economically. While there's a lot of wisdom here, it demands an unusual style of reading ... Read full review

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This book is another example of Jane Jacobs’ clear and frequently different thinking. It provides some insights into the growth of cities that usually overlooked. As an example, one new idea here is ... Read full review

Contents

Cities FirstRural Development Later
3
How New Work Begins
49
The Valuable Inefficiencies and Impracticalities of Cities
85
How Cities Start Growing 12
122
Explosive City Growth
145
How Large Cities Generate Exports
180
Capital for City Economic Development
203
Some Patterns of Future Development
233
Diagramed
252
Export Generating in a Large City
258
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Jane Jacobs was the legendary author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, a work that has never gone out of print and that has transformed the disciplines of urban planning and city architecture. Her other major works include The Economy of Cities, Systems of Survival, The Nature of Economies and Dark Age Ahead. She died in 2006.

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